Federal probation for former county clerk to end a year early

Federal probation for former Beaufort County Clerk of Court Elizabeth Smith will end a year early. Smith's attorney, Lionel Lofton of Charleston, filed a motion Sept. 7 stating Smith had complied with all terms of her probation, which included six months of house arrest, and a judge has granted that request. Smith was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in September 2010 with writing five unauthorized checks worth $338,500 in federal child-support funds to pay her husband's salary while he oversaw the Beaufort County Drug Court between January 2006 and June 2009, according to an indictment. She remains on probation in South Carolina through 2016. She has not filed for a reduction of that probation, court records indicate.