A former Pee Dee school superintendent has pleaded guilty to embezzling school funds.
SCNow.com reports Dr. Nathaniel Miller was the superintendent of Marion County School District 2 when he was arrested in January 2010 and accused of stealing more than $500,000 in district funds. State proseuctors say most of the money went towards personal use, paying for the college tuition of several different family members.
He was previously the superintendent of Richland District One in Columbia.
According to an indictment from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Miller and associate Samuel Lindo created a fake company called Creative Educational Learning Services. Miller then used the company as cover to embezzle funds from the district.
Miller entered his plea at the Beaufort County Courthouse Tuesday. However, his sentencing was delayed after prosecutors said they wanted to wait until they knew the total amount of fraud before sentencing Miller.
Miller and Lindo were indicted on two counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of embezzlement of $5,000 or more, 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, and 8 counts of obtaining property or signature by false pretenses over a value of $1,000. Miller himself was indicted of nine other counts: one additional for embezzlement and eight counts of forgery.
Marion District 2 consisted of the Mullins area. The district consolidated its administrative services with two other Marion County districts in July, hiring a new superintendent to oversee all three districts.