Former Hanahan HR director faces embezzlement charge

HANAHAN — The city’s former human resources director is accused of embezzling $24,354 worth of free health insurance for herself and her family.

State Law Enforcement Division agents on Friday charged Kimberly Crolley Murdaugh, 48, of Hanahan with embezzlement of public funds, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison.

Murdaugh is the second Hanahan human resources director to come under scrutiny for alleged improprieties with public funds in recent months, authorities said.

In August, Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies arrested Murdaugh’s successor, Keyonda M. Garry, 31, of Murray Drive, on a charge of embezzling public funds. Garry is accused of using an automated transaction system to deposit $10,000 in city funds into her account at First Citizens Bank in June.

SLED had been investigating Murdaugh since March 2010, City Administrator Johnny Cribb has said.

Murdaugh, who was also the payroll director, secured city health insurance benefits for herself, her husband and her children but only made one partial payment toward her monthly premiums over a five-year period, according an arrest affidavit. But between December 2005 and March 2010, numerous claims were made on an ongoing basis with their insurance provider for her health care services for her and her family, the affidavit stated.

Cribb has said SLED handled Murdaugh’s case because her husband, Mark Murdaugh, worked previously as an officer with Hanahan police. Mark Murdaugh, a lieutenant, has since retired from the force, police said.

Murdaugh held the human resources position from July 1994 until she was fired in March 2010, city officials said.

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