A local agency that helps rape victims had to lay off eight workers because some $60,000 to $80,000 is missing in an apparent theft, officials announced today.

People Against Rape workers had to be laid off because the nonprofit agency is ineligible for grants until the issue is resolved, an announcement said. Officials said they lost $300,000 in grants from a $460,000 budget.

The agency is doing an audit to determine how much money is missing. North Charleston police can’t investigate the alleged crime until the audit is complete.

At a news conference today at the agency’s North Charleston headquarters, Board Chairman Michael Roach said a former employee recently was confronted about the missing funds.

She denied being responsible and resigned. She has since left the state.

Read more here later and in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.