Town employee arrested for embezzlement
According to the Mount Pleasant Police Department Candice Bottorff, a Human Resources employee with five years of work experience with the town was terminated last week. Her termination was based on an audit led by the finance division and a confession secured by the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department
The Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested Candice Bottorff, 65, of Vision Road in Mount Pleasant, on embezzlement charges in the amount of $52,239.
After being confronted about the alleged charge, she, accompanied by her attorney Guy Vitetta, handed over her municipal office keys and identification card.
She told police and town officials, “I know I’ve done wrong, but I just wanted to say I am sorry,” and police incident report said.
She told an investigator that she took insurance money that was in the form of cash.
She explained that she had been doing it for several years in an effort not to lose her house. She told police she could not pay her mortgage.
She said it was about $800 a month.
The police report provided to the Moultrie News indicates that she put the money in her bank. She said, “I didn’t hide it.”
In an interview with Mount Pleasant Detective Justin Hembree, Bottorff was asked what led her to believe her alleged actions were being looked into and she replied that she knew an audit had been taking place, “I knew I was toast, and well, it’s been preying on me. My stomach’s been on fire for like a year and a half and I just couldn’t get out of it.”
The report said that she explained in her statement to police that monthly insurance payments was the only money in the span of her control.
According to talking points from town officials, Bottorff’s actions are “a direct affront to the core values of our organization, which are ‘trust, honesty and transparency, fairness and respect, excellence and public service.”
Mount Pleasant Town Administrator Eric DeMoura said the town has a zero tolerance policy for this type of action and they plan to prosecute to the full extent of the law.
The town is fully insured and will recover the financial loss, he added.
In addition, the town is audited annually to monitor conduct and performance and to secure accountability.