UPDATE: The Dalton Police Department arrested a 51-year-old man for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from a local nonprofit.

Police say the investigation shows Gregory Jack Dent is responsible for about $80,000 that is missing from Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership.

The investigation proves that Dent had been stealing from the nonprofit for three years. Investigators believe he was using the money for personal use unrelated to business.

On December 4, staff at Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership notified police about an employee mishandling money. Police have been working on the investigation ever since.

City of Dalton spokesperson Bruce Frazier said, "A lot of interviews. A lot of going back and forth through financial records and trying to make heads or tails of all that."

The organization became aware of financial irregularities in November and fired Dent around Thanksgiving.

"The nonprofit conducted a routine audit of their 2018 books, which was wrapped up in November, and basically detected the irregularities for that year,” Frazier told Channel 3.

The investigation showed that it had been going for three years.

Frazier said, "I believe that he was using a credit card that was taken out by the organization. It's not uncommon for this kind of thing to go on undetected."

It's believed Dent was using the money for traveling, meals, clothing, and other personal expenses.

"The healthcare partnership does a lot of really good work in our community,” Frazier shared. "People are probably going to be a little bit alarmed by the fact that they were ripped off."

The nonprofit released the following statement:

Police are still going through records and say the final amount could be higher than $80,000.

Dent was arrested on Thursday. He is charged with one felony count of theft by taking.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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ORIGINAL STORY: The Dalton Police Department has arrested Gregory Jack Dent, the former director of the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, for allegedly misappropriating over $80,000 for his personal use over a period of several years.

According to the police department, an investigation of Dent, 53, began in December when a board member reported the theft to police.

The organization audited its 2018 books and discovered financial irregularities.

Dent was fired before Thanksgiving and police were contacted on December 4.

An investigation discovered that Dent, who had worked for the nonprofit since 2014, started embezzling money in 2017, continuing to the time of his firing.

The stolen funds were allegedly used for personal use not related to the nonprofit, including travel, meals, clothing and other expenses.

Dent was taken into custody on January 2 after investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Dent is charged with one felony count of theft by taking.

The investigation is ongoing.