Friday, February 5, 2010

South Carolina Sheriff's Office Tightening Financial Controls In Wake Of Allegations Administrator Embezzled $500+K

The Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff's Office is working on developing enhanced business controls in the wake of allegations an administrator embezzled more than half a million from it. According to reports, Kathleen M. Taylor, 43, of Westminster, South Carolina and the former business manager at the sheriff's office, was arrested last November on charges she embezzled $504,500 over a three-year period. Authorities alleged that Taylor stole the funds from three drug fund narcotics accounts controlled by the sheriff's office between January 1, 2006, and November 8, 2009. It appears Taylor was simply able to withdraw funds from the bank without additional authorization. She had been employed as business manager since 2001 and now faces charges of embezzlement of public funds.

Read the story here, here and here.
Update (12/17/10): Taylor pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled more than $500,000 from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office where she had been employed as business manager. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison and must pay full restitution.

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