Wife of alleged dog park embezzler arrested

info@islandpacket.comJune 25, 2013 

The wife of a man accused of embezzling money intended for a Bluffton dog park has been arrested for allegedly helping her husband steal the funds, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Amanda Mitchell-Grooms, the treasurer of the Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of being an accessory to breach of trust, both before and after the fact, a news release said.

Her husband, William Grooms, was the nonprofit's president up until a few days before he was arrested June 11 for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from the group's account.

Mitchell-Grooms' charges are both felonies. Accessory before the fact carries the same penalty as the principle offense. In this case, it could be punishable by up to ten years in prison upon conviction. Accessory after the fact carries up to a five-year sentence.

Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner said she could not comment on the evidence that led to Mitchell-Grooms' arrest.

In early June, the other board members of Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks voted to oust Grooms and Mitchell-Grooms after discovering nearly all of the money it had raised was missing.

The group is having a meeting at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Bluffton Branch Library, located at Palmetto Way, to discuss whether it will continue fundraising in the future.

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