Former St. George police chief charged with embezzlement, misconduct

Published: Aug. 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM EDT
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Former Chief Anthony Britt
Former Chief Anthony Britt
Britt's booking photo (Source: DCDC)
Britt's booking photo (Source: DCDC)

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - The former Saint George police chief who resigned last week has been charged in connection with a State Law Enforcement Division investigation into how funds may have been used by the department .

Chief Deputy Sam Richardson said Anthony Lecarus Britt, 45, turned himself in on Tuesday afternoon on charges of misconduct in office and embezzlement.

According to court documents, from Nov. 5, 2009 to May 6, 2013, Britt embezzled $14,161 from the Town of St. George. Britt was released on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday afternoon. His next court date is Oct. 4.

The former chief submitted his one-sentence letter of resignation to the Town of St. George last Thursday. Town officials say Lieutenant Trumaine Moorer has since taken over as interim chief.

Britt had been police chief since 2009. Mayor Anne Johnston contacted SLED in May about possible spending of money that was not deposited in the town's bank account.

It's the second time Britt has resigned from the department.

Town clerk and treasurer Annette Moore says that as a sergeant in 1999, Britt was suspended and was not reinstated pending the outcome of another investigation. She said she could not discuss that situation.

Britt returned to the department in 2008.

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