More than a year after she was terminated, former Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office employee Sandi McAllister Owens has been indicted by a Greenwood County grand jury.
Owens was indicted Friday on a charge of embezzlement of public funds greater than $10,000, according to a release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office. The charge is a felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Owens is suspected of embezzling as much as $250,000 from several GCSO accounts. GwdTodayy first reported Owens was suspended in Feb. 2013 while an internal investigation was conducted by GCSO. Several days later, Owens was terminated and a full-scale investigation was launched by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Bank records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed a large number of highly questionable purchases from GCSO accounts. Some of those purchases included Victoria’s Secret, Disney vacations and a large number of donations to the Miss South Carolina pageant, along with a large number of other pageant-related purchases.
In a joint statement sent out by GCSO and Greenwood County, Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis said he and his staff have cooperated fully in the investigation into the finances of the Sheriff’s Office. Davis and his staff “want only for the property rights of the taxpayers of Greenwood County to be protected, and therefore look forward to having this matter resolved in accordance with the law,” the statement reads.
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