The former mayor of an Orangeburg County town has been arrested on grand larceny charges after investigators accused her of not paying for more than $2,200 in water bills.
State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested former Springfield mayor Marilyn McCormick on Tuesday. A warrant released to media outlets on Wednesday states the grand larceny charges brought against her cite that she neglected to pay over $2,200 worth of water bills. “The Town Council of the Town of Springfield did not authorize her to receive town water services at no charge nor did they vote to include free water services as part of her employment package,” the warrant states.
Grand Larceny is a felony in the state of South Carolina and the former mayor could face up to 5 years in prison.
Springfield is a small town of about 500 people. It is located 40 miles southwest of Columbia, roughly halfway between Aiken and Orangeburg in western Orangeburg County.
According to the Orangeburg Times-Democrat, a campaign platform in McCormick’s 2013 mayoral bid included improving the town’s water system of Springfield through a county sales-tax increase.