A Gaffney woman has admitted stealing more than $60,000 from a child support fund operated by Cherokee County.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that 40-year-old Melanie Sparks had pleaded guilty in a federal court in Anderson. Prosecutors say Sparks took money from cash receipts while working in the Cherokee County Clerk of Court’s Office’s child support section. An audit revealed a shortfall of more than $60,000 between January of 2008 and November of 2009, according to their statements.
U.S. District Judge Tim Cain will sentence Sparks after reviewing a report by the U.S. Probation Office. She could receive up to a 10-year prison sentence, along with a $250,000 fine.
FBI agents investigated the case, as it involved an agency that receives more than $10,000 in federal assistance each year.