A woman was sentenced to 30 months in jail Tuesday fter prosecutors say she embezzled more than a half-million dollars from a Newberry nursing home.
Federal prosecutors say Tina Clinton of Newberry embezzled nearly $441,000 while she was a bookkeeper at the J.F. Hawkins Nursing home from 2005 to 2009. Clinton was responsible for depositing Social Security and veterans’ benefits for residents at the home, but investigators say she instead cashed the checks and diverted the funds for her own use. They say she covered her tracks by making adjustments on the residents’ accounts.
She was fired after the theft was discovered three years ago. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also charged her with tax fraud for not reporting the stolen money. Officials say Clinton owed an additional $65,000 in taxes.
A bonding company covered the home’s losses and prosecutors say no residents lost money from the scheme.
In addition to prison time, Clinton also must pay restitution on what she stole to both the bonding company and the Internal Revenue Service. So far, she has paid back $15,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.