Officials: Mt. Pleasant employee embezzled $52K in insurance payments

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - An employee in the Town of Mount Pleasant's Human Resources department has been fired and arrested after admitting to embezzling thousands of dollars worth of insurance payments over the past four years.

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

Mt. Pleasant police say Bottorff met with town officials on July 29, where she admitted to pocketing cash from monthly insurance payments over the last four years.

According to an incident report, Bottorff told police she embezzled "about $800 a month for about four years."

Bottorff said she began taking cash payments and depositing them in her personal bank account because she was having trouble paying her mortgage.

Investigators say she took money from specific customers who regularly made their payments with cash, marked their accounts as paid, but then put the money in her own bank account.

Police say she also admitted to taking $100 from an employee Wellness Program.

DeMoura said the charges against Bottorff are a result of a Mt. Pleasant police investigation that followed an audit.

The report states Bottorff told police she knew she was going to get caught when she was advised the human resources department was performing the audit.

"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.

Investigators obtained Bottorff's checking and savings account information via a subpoena on July 30.

Bottorff was issued a $50,000 bond on Monday morning.

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