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Sheriff’s assistant charged with embezzlement

Woman allegedly stole money meant for county’s sex offender registry fund

Posted: May 7, 2018 4:59 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Sam Connell

S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested a long-time assistant to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews for embezzlement on Thursday.

According to a SLED press release, agents charged Samantha “Sam” West Connell, 34, of Catoe Road, Kershaw, with one count of embezzlement of public funds, value less than $10,000 for failing to deposit funds to the Kershaw County Treasurer’s Office.

SLED investigated the case at the request of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and had Connell booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center. A judge released her later Thursday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

SLED’s press release indicated the case will be prosecuted by the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, instead of the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, which covers Kershaw and Richland counties. The 11th Circuit includes Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties. SLED did not state why the case will be handled in the 11th Circuit.

A warrant attached to SLED’s press release alleges that Connell embezzled the undisclosed amount of money between January 2015 and April 2016 while working as Matthews’ administrative assistant. According to the warrant, a county audit revealed that, between those dates, money was collected from registered sex offenders that were meant to be deposited into the county’s sex offender registry fund; however, no deposits were made.

According to the warrant, Connell indicated in a written statement that “she was solely responsible for the key to the drawer where funds were held until she deposited them” and “further advised deposits were not made as they should have been to the Kershaw County Treasurer’s Office between July 2015 and May 2016.”

The warrant’s allegations conclude by stating that witness statements corroborated Connell’s written statement.

The subject line of the email with which SLED distributed its press release and the warrant indicated Connell is a “former” KCSO employee. It did not indicate when Connell stopped working at the sheriff’s office.


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