Former Visitors Bureau Director arrested on felony theft charges

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A former executive director of a Marshall County tourism organization is now out on bond after her arrest on theft charges.

As the former director plans to face a jury, board members are trying to make sure such misappropriations of funds does not happen again in the future.

Lisa Socha turned herself into the Marshall County Jail on a warrant from the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. She's charged with felony first degree theft of property and theft by deception.

After more than twenty years on the job, Socha was dismissed as the executive director for the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau back in April. Board officials said it was for failing to follow policies and procedures.

Socha handled lodging taxes and surcharges which provided operational as well as special event funding.

Board chairman, Tim McRae, said they reported their findings to law enforcement, which culminated with Socha's arrest on Monday.

McRae said they're now reviewing their policies and procedures to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.

"We have been in the process of dealing with policies and procedures now for several months and we are almost ready to wrap that up and bring everything to the board to vote on and if there's any changes to be made, present those to the board at that time," said McRae.

McRae said a new executive director has since been hired.

A court date for Socha has not been set but she remains out on a $60,000 bond.

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