The former executive director of a South Carolina attorneys association is facing jail time after she admitted stealing nearly $200,000 from the organization.
48 year-old Teresa Edmonds was sentenced by a state circuit judge Tuesday to 18 months in prison for embezzling $192,000 from the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Edmonds turned herself in last year on two charges of breach of trust. She pleaded guilty in May.
The State newspaper reports that Edmonds was given time to raise funds to repay the lawyers’ group for the money she stole. But she made no restitution, having apparently spent everything she stole. Authorities said Edmonds spent the money on personal items, including cellphones for her family, dental work and cosmetic surgery.
The newspaper reported that the embezzlement was discovered when Lexington attorney Jack Duncan became president in 2013. Edmonds had been executive director sine 2002.
She had faced up to 10 years in prison.