Mt. Pleasant employee fired, accused of embezzling $52K over tenure

Mt. Pleasant employee fired, accused of embezzling $52K over tenure

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - An employee in the Town of Mount Pleasant's Human Resources department has been fired after being charged with embezzling thousands of dollars.

Candice Louise Bottorff, 65, was arrested Monday on charges of embezzling $52,239, according to Mount Pleasant Town Adminstrator Eric DeMoura.

DeMoura said the charges are a result of a Mt. Pleasant police investigation that followed an audit. DeMoura said Bottorff confessed to taking the money over her five years spent with the town.

"Our disappointment is great - both on behalf of the community and on behalf of the employees of the Town of Mount Pleasant. We work hard to build a corporate culture that demands integrity, honesty and transparency from all our employees. We strive daily to meet these goals and we have controls in place to uphold these standards," DeMoura said.

DeMoura said Bottorff was able to steal the money despite annual spot-checking of cash transactions.

Bottorff was issued a $50,000 bond on Monday morning. As of 3 p.m., she remained behind bars at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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