Former clerk of small Charleston County town charged with embezzlement

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents arrested the former clerk of a Wadmalaw Island town Monday.

Chelsea Bentz Schaffer, 26, faces a charge of embezzlement of funds from the town of Rockville, according to SLED spokesman Thom Berry.

Schaffer is accused of using funds taken from the town’s accounts for personal use, Berry said. An affidavit states she is accused of taking approximately $2,000 from the town’s accounts.

Investigators say she issued numerous checks to herself beyond the scope agreed for her services. The agreement called for a monthly salary of $300 for the first four months and $500 for the last seven months of her employment, the affidavit states. During her employment from August 2017 to May 2018, she issued 19 checks to herself, “several of which were without authoritization” from the town, investigators say.

The town’s mayor requested the SLED investigation, he said.

Schaffer was booked into the Charleston County Detention Center. Jail records indicated a judge set a $2,500 personal recognizance bond for her.

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