March 15, 2010

MAIL BAG: Letters to the Editor

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Assistant DA: Woman

was treated with respect

Dear Editor:

As employees of the District Attorney's Office, we normally do not respond to letters to the editor. However, the recent letter from Mary Tooman needs to be addressed.

Ms. Tooman stated the "gal" in the DA's Office would not work with her and that her debit card had recently been stolen leaving her unable to pay her bills. On the contrary, the "gal" Tooman refers to is Julie Shrader, the bogus check coordinator for the Grady County District Attorney's Office. Mrs. Shrader made every attempt to work with Ms. Tooman. While speaking with Mrs. Shrader, Tooman became agitated and began screaming profanities which could be heard throughout the office.

While Tooman was treated with respect by Mrs. Shrader, Tooman continued to rant and curse at Mrs. Shrader. Tooman became enraged, slapped Mrs. Shrader on the hand, grabbed her papers and stormed out of the District Attorney's Office.

In her letter to the editor, Ms. Tooman left out the fact she has been writing false and bogus checks in Grady and Stephens Counties since 2003. Her story about her debt card being stolen is just that: a story. Tooman admitted writing a bogus check in Grady County to a local merchant for over $1,200. An investigation confirmed that Tooman's debit card had not been stolen. Bank records reveal that Tooman simply wrote a check to a local merchant when she did not have the money in her bank account to cover the check.

All the employees of the D.A.'s Office work for our District Attorney Bret Burns. We also understand we are public servants and we appreciate our jobs. We strive daily to do what is right and ensure the credibility and integrity of our criminal justice system. In Ms. Tooman's case, she will be held accountable just like any other person who defraud's a Grady County business owner.

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