SLED arrest former Lexington County Clerk of Court employee for embezzlement
Lexington, SC – Agents from the SC Law Enforcement Division have arrested a former employee of the Lexington Clerk of Court’s Office in connection with funds that were missing from that office. Ana M. Martin, 40, was taken into custody and booked into the Lexington County Detention Center on Wednesday.
Martin has been charged with embezzlement of public funds, with a value of $10,000 or more. She had worked for a number of years as a clerical assistant in the clerk’s office.
SLED agents began the investigation at the request of Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg. Carrigg’s office had discovered a $25 discrepancy in one case, and a $150 in another. At that point an investigation was launched and several years of records were reviewed. Eventually, it was discovered that Marin had taken approximately $36,000 and had deposited that money into her account at a local bank.
An audit of the books of the clerk’s office from 2013, 2014, and 2015 revealed that there was as much as $75,000 that was unaccounted for. The SLED investigators only charged Marin with embezzling the $36,000 amount because that was what the reviewed records proved she took.
The charges that Marin faces are a felony. If she is found guilty, she faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.