A former employee of the South Carolina Hospitality Association has admitted she embezzled nearly $500,000 from the agency, two months after its director committed suicide.
The Associated Press reports Rachel Duncan has entered into an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion, according to federal court documents.
Prosecutors say the former accounting director stole the money from the agency from 2006 until this year, to support her online gambling.
Court documents show Duncan is scheduled to plead guilty next week.
Tom Sponseller, the longtime director of the hospitality association, killed himself in February.
Police say a suicide note detailed Sponseller’s despair over the situation.
The note showed Sponseller felt responsible that the money was taken during his watch.