Sunday, January 17, 2016

Former town clerk accused of embezzling funds from town and church in South Carolina

 Following a SLED investigation, a Saluda County woman is facing charges of embezzlement of public funds.
Ellen Pamela Long, 63, has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of public funds of $10,000 or more, forgery of $10,000 or more and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
According to an affidavit, Long, while working as the Town Clerk for the Town of Ward, is alleged to have embezzled funds from the Town between January 1 of 2003 and August 1 of 2014.
Long is alleged to have used town funds during that time frame to make credit card payments and endorse checks to her husband for herself to cash.
Long is also accused of taking funds from Ward Baptist Church, where she worked as the church's treasurer.
She was in charge of the congregation's bank accounts and used that money for her own personal use.
In both instances of fraudulent activity, Ward provided a written confession to the fraudulent activity she has been charged with as both the Town Clerk and Church Treasurer.
Ward is being held at the Saluda County Detention Center.

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