The former Beaufort County Clerk of Court will serve six months of house arrest for misusing federal funds to pay her husband’s salary.
Elizabeth Smith pleaded guilty earlier this year to illegal conversion of public money. Prosecutors say she embezzled funds the court received in 2006 for child support cases to pay her husband’s salary. Her husband was on the court’s staff at the time.
The funds were supposed to pay for things such as paternity tests and child support enforcement.
Manning Smith, Elizabeth’s husband, once ran the county’s drug courts as a volunteer judge. Authorities say Mrs. Smith diverted more than $68,000 into a personal account of which she had some control. Manning Smith has not been charged.
Smith will also serve two years of probation after her house arrest ends. She was already sentenced to five years of probation by a state judge last year for embezzling state money to pay for her sister’s insurance premiums.