Former Beaufort County Clerk of Court sentenced

COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) - Elizabeth Mason Smith, the former Beaufort County Clerk of Court, was sentenced Thursday in federal court for embezzlement of government property.

U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. sentenced Smith to six months of home confinement, two years supervised release and $100 special assessment.

In January 2006, Smith diverted at least $68,500 in federal child support money to pay the judicial salary of a family member who was working for the Beaufort County Drug Court, according to the Office of U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. Smith has made restitution in the amount of $68,500.

Smith, in her capacity as the Beaufort County Clerk of Court, had control over this money, which ended up in a personal account over which she had control and was a signatory, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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