Beaufort News

Treasurer's Office embezzlement trial expected by mid year, solicitor says

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A former employee of the Beaufort County Treasurer's Office and her ex-boyfriend are expected to stand trial by mid year for allegedly embezzling more than $210,000 from public accounts, according to 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone.

Stone said last week he hopes to try Casaundra White, 30, and Adrian Coore, 37, before June.

"I expect us to get to that case within the first six months of this year," Stone said. "We have the materials we need ... ."

A trial date has not been set, Stone said.

White was charged in May with six counts of embezzlement of public funds and five counts of criminal conspiracy in connection with the theft of more than $210,000 from public accounts by funneling money to dummy companies she and Coore set up.

Investigators say that between September 2007 and May 2008, White and Coore set up bank accounts in the names of at least three fake corporations. White filed paperwork with the Treasurer's Office to make it appear the corporations had overpaid the county, making them eligible for a reimbursement check.

Once the check was issued, White deposited it into one of the dummy corporations' bank accounts and later withdraw the money for personal use, prosecutors say.

White had 11 checks totaling $210,012 written to her fraudulent companies, according to arrest warrants.

Coore was charged with five counts of criminal conspiracy, and was released from the Beaufort County Detention Center in July on $125,000 bond, according to the county's jail log.

White was also was released from the county jail in July on $250,000, according to the jail log.

If convicted, White faces five to 10 years in prison on each embezzlement count and up to five years for each count of conspiracy.

While White's arrest contributed to the ousting of incumbent county treasurer Joy Logan in November's general election, it is not clear whether it will land Logan in legal hot water.

Stone said he did not anticipate Logan or anyone else in the Treasurer's Office being accused of mishandling public funds but couldn't rule it out.

"We haven't received any evidence to indicate that anyone else will be charged but you never say never," Stone said. "We're still receiving information in this case."

Logan was defeated in November by petition candidate Doug Henderson of Cat Island who will take office in July.