A former Beaufort County Treasurer's Office employee and her ex-boyfriend accused of embezzling more than $210,000 from public accounts have been released from the county jail.
Casaundra White, 29, was released Friday after her $250,000 bond was reduced to a $50,000 surety bond by Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard during a hearing last week, said Daniel Brownstein, a spokesman for the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Surety bonds require the defendant to pay only 10 percent of the total amount, according to state law.
Brownstein said the Solicitor's Office protested the bond reduction, saying White is a flight risk.
"White is married to a Jamaican national, is accused of stealing a large sum of money and has claimed that her passport is missing, thus preventing her from surrendering it to the authorities," Brownstein said.
As a condition of her bond, Kinard required White to wear an electronic monitoring anklet and ordered her not to leave the state.
White was charged May 12 after a forensic audit of the Treasurer's Office alleged she had funneled more than $210,000 from public accounts to dummy corporations she set up with her ex-boyfriend, Adrian Coore, between September 2007 and May 2008.
White was charged with six counts of embezzlement of public funds and five counts of criminal conspiracy. If convicted, she faces five to 10 years in prison on each embezzlement count and up to five years for each count of conspiracy.
Coore, 36, was released July 1 from the jail after paying 10 percent of his original $125,000 bond, according to the jail log. Coore was charged with five counts of criminal conspiracy for his role in the alleged embezzlement.
Coore, who claimed his passport was stolen, also is not allowed to leave the state, Brownstein said.
County administrator Gary Kubic said he would have preferred the pair remained behind bars.
"Even though this is considered a victimless or white collar crime, it's still dealing with a large sum of public money," Kubic said. "I appreciate the decision of the court, but would have preferred they set an example."