Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - State agents say a former employee of the Lexington County Clerk of Court office embezzled $75,000 from the place where she worked.
Ana M. Marin, 40, is charged with embezzlement of public funds, value $10,000 or more, a felony charge that could lead to fines and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if she's convicted.
An affidavit says the taking of the money took place between January 2013 and May 2015 while she worked at as a clerical assistant for the county. According to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the problem was first noticed in May of 2015, with a discrepancy was noticed on a filing fee from a divorce case. A follow-up audit determined that there were multiple cases where money had been received, case numbers were issued, but there was no receipt that a payment had actually been made to the office. In all, the audit found $75,000 of payments that could not be located.
Officers got a search warrant to look at her bank account, and say they found about $36,000 that had come in through ATM or customer deposits that were separate from her normal income. When agents looked at her tax records, they say there was no second source of income that could account for those deposits.
County officials fire Marin on May 29, 2015. Officers say from the time after she was let go to the end of 2015, the unexplained deposits essentially came to an end.