The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested a Charleston County employee Thursday and charged her with forgery and embezzlement of public funds, according to a news release from Charleston County.
According to the release, Terrie Mobley, a 15-year customer service representative with Charleston County’s Revenue Collections Department, was terminated from her position earlier this week.
The Revenue Collections Department closely monitors deposits and recently determined that several checks had not been deposited during a four-month period this year, although internal documents had been altered to show that they had, the release stated. The department requested the county’s internal auditor conduct an investigation, which confirmed that $8,583.53 in cash and a number of checks were missing from revenue collections deposits. The investigation was then turned over to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and SLED.
“The proper handling of public funds is crucial to the County’s everyday business,” said Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor. “Theft of public funds will continue to be dealt with in the strongest possible manner.”
Taylor also stated that the county will seek full restitution from Mobley.
All of the missing checks have been recovered, the release stated. The County will contact each business or individual from which a check was mishandled and arrange for proper deposit. No business or person has been penalized due to the missing payments, and the County will pay any costs of reissuance of the checks and then seek these costs as additional restitution from the employee, the release stated.
Mobley is being held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on $15,000 bail.