The State Law enforcement division has arrested someone for embezzling more than half a million dollars from the county’s government. Forty-three-year-old Kathleen Taylor was office manager at the Oconee County Sheriff’s office. She was “let go” Thursday morning. The charges came about after $505,000 was missing from three separate drug fund accounts.
Oconee County Sheriff James Singleton says that’s a lot of money.
Investigators say Taylor embezzled the money between January of 2007 and November 9th of this year. She has been released on $500,000 bond. The Sheriff explains what happened. “In late October I noticed discrepancies in the books.” said Singleton. “SLED came in and did an audit and tracked down this money.”
Taylor has been charged with embezzlement of pubic funds.
Sheriff Singleton explains where the drug money comes from. “It’s money seized from drug dealers and from the sell of their property including vehicles and it has all been cleared through the courts.”