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Former Sheriff employee ordered to pay back over $100,000
Owens pictured in center during an arraignment hearing held back in 2014.
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Owens pictured in center during an arraignment hearing held back in 2014.

Today a judge handed down the sentencing for former Greenwood County Sheriff employee Sandi Owens.  In a Laruens County courtroom, Judge Donald B. Hocker ordered Owens to pay back just shy of $101,000 in monthly installments of $500 and suspended a 10 year prison term to 5 years’ probation.  Owens must also serve the first 9 months of that probation under house arrest.

Back in May of 2014, Owens appeared in court where she first pleaded not guilty to a charge of embezzlement greater than $10,000 and requested a jury trial.

Later on April 4, 2017, Owens entered a guilty plea for the embezzlement charge. 

GCSO bank records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request show numerous checks written to various entities, including Miss South Carolina pageant, signed by Owens. There are also a number of purchases from GCSO accounts, including Victoria’s Secret, which are clearly not GCSO business. Based on the banking documents, as much as $250,000 or more could have been embezzled between Jan. 2009 when Owens was given the position and her termination in Feb. 2013.


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