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Ex-Beaufort Co. court clerk sentenced to home confinement

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A former Beaufort County clerk of court was sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release Thursday for illegal conversion of public money.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says Elizabeth Smith was sentenced Wednesday in Charleston by a federal judge for using federal child support money to pay her husband's salary while he worked for the Beaufort Drug Court.

She pleaded guilty earlier this year to illegal conversion of public money.

Prosecutors alleged she used more than $68,000 in federal child support money to pay her husband's salary. That money is intended for paternity tests and other child support enforcement, not for judges or other costs.

Last year, a state judge sentenced Smith to five years of probation for embezzling more than $23,000 from public accounts.

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