Former manager faces charges

Hopkins

SUMMERVILLE — The former general manager of Knight's Trucking Co. has been indicted and accused of embezzling more than $130,000.

A grand jury last week indicted Mark Timothy Hopkins on a charge of breach of trust with fraudulent intent totalling more than $5,000, 1st Circuit Assistant Solicitor Blair Jennings said.

Hopkins, 45, of Summerville, is a second cousin of Bud Knight, who is co-owner of the company along with son Pete Knight.

Hopkins was fired in September.

The trucking company delivers materials to construction contractors.

Last fall, the accounts payable clerk at Knight's Trucking Co. had some questions about a $2,000 bill for work done by a subcontractor, Pete Knight said. He said the invoice had no detail, and the staff later learned it was bogus.

An internal investigation found that the subcontractor never received that check, but someone forged a signature and cashed it.

The company found other invoices to the same contractor in 2007 and 2008, all falsified, paid, cashed and totalling more than $130,000, Pete Knight said.

"It was a shock to myself and others here in the company," he said.

The Knights notified authorities, and Hopkins was arrested. He posted $5,000 bail and was released from jail, Dorchester County sheriff's Maj. John Garrision said.

Jennings, the 1st Circuit solicitor, confirmed the initial $130,000 figure and the indictment, but he declined to discuss specifics of the case.