Burton man accused in treasurer's office embezzlement case surrenders to police

A Burton man accused of helping his ex-girlfriend embezzle more than $210,000 from the Beaufort County Treasurer's Office turned himself in early Friday.

Adrian Coore. 36, was arrested at about 5:30 a.m. and charged with five counts of criminal conspiracy. He is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on $125,000 bond.

Coore is accused of helping his ex-girlfriend, Casaundra White, set up bank accounts in the names of at least three fake corporations to which White allegedly diverted $210,000 from public accounts while employed at the Treasurer's Office in 2007 and 2008.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Coore had little to say to investigators Friday.

"He wouldn't talk to us," Tanner said. "He just showed up with his attorney at 5:30, and every question we had for him had to go through his attorney."

Coore is being represented by Anthony Dore of Lady's Island, Tanner said. Dore could not be reached for comment Friday.

If convicted, Coore faces as many as five years in prison for each count of conspiracy.

Authorities had been searching for Coore for more than a week, fueling concerns he had left the country. Coore is a Jamaican national and, according to county tax records, owns a home on Walker Circle in Burton.

Tanner said it was a relief to have him behind bars.

"Having him in custody and knowing that he will be processed is extremely important," Tanner said. "We're glad he's been formally charged."

White was arrested May 12 and charged with six counts of embezzlement and five counts of criminal conspiracy. She remains at the Beaufort County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, according to the county's jail log.

Tanner declined to say Friday whether Coore or White thought up the embezzlement scheme.

"That will all come out during the trial," he said.