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Cops: County council candidate skimmed at least $150k from church

Todd R. Newman (Source: Sumter Police Department) Todd R. Newman (Source: Sumter Police Department)

A candidate for Sumter County Council has been arrested and charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent after an investigation into missing money from a Sumter church linked him to over $150,000 in missing funds.

Todd R. Newman, 50, was arrested on Thursday. He is as a candidate for County Council District 5, running against Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney.

According to Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark, an elder of the Plaza Church of Christ on Camden Highway reported to law enforcement that Newman, who had been entrusted with the church's finances, had misappropriated funds over the span of several years by cashing unauthorized checks made payable to himself. 

Roark said detectives have been able to corroborate through their investigation and various financial documents that Newman had been skimming from church funds. So far, evidence shows Newman took $155,000, but up to $400,000 may be missing, investigators said.

The investigation is still ongoing and Newman may face additional charges, the chief said. 

Newman is currently being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident or other incidents involving Newman is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717.

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