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.