An official at the Dorchester County Dentention Center has been charged with misconduct in office and breach of trust after she admitted stealing from a jail system.
44-year-old Lillian Thomas of Walterboro was arrested Friday in connection with $80,000 in missing deposits at the facility, according to State Law Enforcement Division officials. She was a programs officer at the detention center in St. George, according to SLED documents.
An affidavit states that Thomas admitted in a written statement to stealing “an unknown amount in cash deposits” from the detention center’s funds. An audit by McDaniel Supply Company determined over $80,000 in cash and money orders were unaccounted for in the jail’s bank deposits from January to July 31 of this year.
The affidavit states Thomas was responsible for reconciling all cash, money orders, and checks taken in by the detention center. She also possessed unlimited access to the McDaniel system with administrator privileges and a password, it says.
Thomas was charged with one count of breach of trust over $10,000 for her connection to the missing detention center deposits. She was also charged with misconduct in office. She faces a 10-year prison sentence and up to a $500 fine on the first charge, and one year in prison and a $1,000 fine if she’s convicted on the misconduct count.
SLED conducted the investigation at the request of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.