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Ex-OrthoGeorgia worker charged in $99K theft arrested again, with husband, in forgery case

A woman accused of stealing more than $99,000 from the Macon orthopedic clinic where she used to work was arrested Wednesday on charges that she stole nearly $70,000 from another doctor’s office.

Her husband also was arrested in the most recent case.

Melissa Dyan Zediker, 44, of Macon, turned herself in at the Bibb County jail Wednesday morning.

Warrants for forgery and theft charges say Zediker, in April, forged someone else’s name on a document. A week or so later, one of the warrants says, she “took possession of $69,547 from her employer ... without consent” and “through fraudulent means.”

When Zediker was jailed July 17, she said she was employed as an administrator at Urology Specialists of Georgia, a practice with offices in Macon and Warner Robins.

Though the warrant doesn’t name Urology Specialists as the complainant in the case, authorities on Wednesday said the most recent charges against Zediker stem from a case there. It was not clear if she is still employed there.

Zediker turned herself in about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on charges that include 12 counts of fiduciary theft. She was later released on $34,630 bond.

Her husband, Kenneth Preston Zediker, 44, turned himself in at the county jail Wednesday afternoon on theft charges that, according to court filings, include eight counts of fiduciary theft. He was released an hour later after posting a $16,700 bond.

Details of the case against the pair were not immediately available.

Melissa Zediker’s lawyer, Holly Hogue Edwards, said, “False allegations are false allegations. ... The secrets that led to the arrest of my client will come to light in time.”

According to court records the couple, who live on Wimbledon Lane in north Macon, declared bankruptcy in 1999.

Of Kenneth Zediker’s Wednesday arrest, attorney Joseph Prine, whose firm is representing him, said, “We were happy to get him a bond, and we look forward to proving his innocence.”

The theft charges from earlier this month against Melissa Zediker came after investigators alleged that she stole nearly $100,000 from OrthoGeorgia over a span that dated back to spring 2012.

That case, one involving 41 counts of fiduciary theft, first came to authorities’ attention in March. Melissa Zediker was released on $20,000 bond after her arrest on those charges.

According to details in an arrest warrant from the OrthoGeorgia case and a Bibb County sheriff’s report, she illegally deposited a total of $99,063 in OrthoGeorgia payroll proceeds in her mother’s name to a bank account.

Authorities said her mother briefly had worked for the Northside Drive clinic in the past.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397 or find him on Twitter@joekovacjr.

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