RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) - A former clerk in the town of Ridgeland's water and sewer department has been sentenced to five years in jail for embezzling almost $120,000.
The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports 36-year-old Mandy Drew was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found her guilty of taking the public money.
Judge Carmen Mullen also sentenced her to five year's probation and ordered her to repay the money she took.
Drew's lawyer pleaded for mercy, saying his client made a mistake and has two children.
But prosecutors wanted the maximum 10-year prison term, saying Drew refused to cooperate with auditors and agents of the State Law Enforcement Division.