Does it seem that South Carolina has the lock of stupid choices? First our (former) Governor gets lost on the Appalachian Trail and ends up in Argentina and now we find an individual steals from the SC Dept. or Probation, Pardon and Parole. Maybe its me, but doesn’t it just seem too close for comfort to steal from an organization that is involved with prisons and inmates?
Columbia, South Carolina United States Attorney William N. Nettles stated today that a former resident of the Columbia based Restitution Center, Crystal Dawn Bric, age 31, of Columbia, pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of bank fraud, for her scheme to steal more than $300,000 from a Wachovia bank account owned by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole.
The facts presented at the plea hearing were that during the year 2007, Crystal Bric was on state probation and was housed at the SC Probation, Pardon and Parole Restitution Center in Columbia, SC. Using a check she received from a Probation Pardon and Parole Wachovia bank account, she obtained the bank account number and routing number. She began using the account number to pay her rent, her utilities, and for cell phones for herself and others. She did this using a telephone and making electronic payments. She also used friends social security numbers to open credit card accounts and then electronically paid for the credit cards using these Wachovia account numbers. The scheme was executed from approximately December 2007 through October 2009. Auditors have concluded that Ms. Bric wrongfully took approx. $337,944 in state funds from this Wachovia bank account.
The maximum possible penalty for bank fraud is thirty years and a fine of $1,000,000.00.
Mr. Nettles stated that the case is being investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Barbier of the Columbia office for prosecution.
As I begin every speech as a business ethics and fraud prevention speaker – “Every Choice Has A Consequence!”
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