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5/12/2014 4:04:00 PM
INDICTED
Former GCSO employee indicted for embezzlement
Brian King
Staff Writer

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.

More information can be found by reading the related stories below.



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Related Stories:
• Embezzlement investigation continues
• Owens terminated from GCSO
• Internal investigation underway at Sheriff's Office



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article comment by: William Hill

What was the outcome for the woman who admitted to stealing the funds. Did she get any jail time or just a slap on the wrist? It appears that public servants do not receive the same punishment as others.

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: joyce laney

i dont no this sandi to bad she was the only one got caught but it will all come out and people will be eating there words lol

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Article comment by: Norval Davis

Correction:The Sheriff's Dept. is County,not City.It's going to be interesting how this plays out.A few years ago,a similar indiscretion happened at the Greenwood County Magistrate's Court.Although he was not involved,Chief Magistrate Joe Cantrell (a good and honorable man) resigned as the illegal actions happened under his watch.J85

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Taylor Stone

Sandi has not only hurt the city of Greenwood, but she has hurt city employees as well. Tony is a wonderful man and I respect him greatly. There should be a great many that come forward to see how Sandi's greed and wanting to rule has compromised many under Tony's name including being fired for her own purposes. Sadly to Tony's detrement of trusting Sandi, many good people that have believed and trusted in Tony for years including me have been compromised due to her greedy actions.




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