BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - A former Beaufort county employee pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the treasurer's office on Monday.
During a hearing on charges of criminal conspiracy and embezzlement former county employee Casaundra White tried to express her regret for the crimes she committed against the county.
"I am so sorry to the county, my family and my friends," said White. "I never would imagine myself on these charges."
"After listening to your lawyer and your family members, I truly believe that you are remorseful for what you done," said the 14th Judicial Circuit Judge. White was sentenced to 13 months in prison, along with five years probation, 100 hours of community service and she would have to repay the $210,000 she stole from the treasurer's office.
A sentencing Beaufort County Administer Gary Kubic was pleased to hear.
"People want accountability," said Kubic. "People are angry. It is tough economic time. We have high unemployment, foreclosures and so perhaps going back if we had a better system and stronger enforcement of accountability, maybe this wouldn't have occurred."
Prosecutors say White along with her co-conspirator and former boyfriend Adrian Coore filed paperwork with the treasurer's office to make it appear several fake corporations had overpaid the county which made them eligible for a reimbursement check. Once the check was issued, White deposited nearly a quarter million dollars into the fake corporations' bank accounts and later withdrew some of the money for her own personal use.
"This case involved tax payer dollars, which is always serious for the fact that it is public money and that defendant was in a position of some public trust," said 14th Judicial Circuit Assistant Solicitor Francine Norz.
"Hopefully, some of that restitution will come back to the county," said Kubic.
White's co-defendant Adrian Coore is expected to be in court in the upcoming months. He is charged with five counts of criminal conspiracy and is currently out on bond.