Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The South Carolina Supreme Court has reprimanded a former probate court judge basded on the following findings of fact:
On or between April 19, 2007, and December 21, 2007, respondent embezzled public funds while working as a Newberry County Associate Probate Judge. In mitigation, respondent submits that she took the money to pay for medical expenses and to pay deposits needed for surgery and medical testing. Further, respondent submits that, at the time she took the money, she hoped to repay the funds at a later time. When confronted by agents from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), respondent confessed and accepted responsibility for her actions.
On April 28, 2008, respondent was arrested and charged with embezzlement of public funds over $1,000.00. Respondent entered Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) and, as a condition of PTI, made full restitution. Respondent has successfully completed PTI and her criminal record has been expunged.
The court's order contains the following condition:
Respondent shall not apply for, seek, or accept any judicial position whatsoever in this State without the prior express written authorization of this Court after due service on ODC of any petition seeking the Court’s authorization.
This was a consent disposition. (Mike Frisch)