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Yemassee Town Clerk pads time sheet, steals more than $7k from town

YEMASSEE, S.C. (WCBD) - Last week on March 14, 2018, the Town of Yemassee Town Clerk, Misty Reardon Moorer, 33 of Walterboro, was arrested by the Yemassee Police Department on charges of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent $2500-$10,000 but not more than $10,000.

 

Around Easter of 2017, the Yemassee Police Department was approached by several Town Council members regarding irregularities of Ms. Moorer's pay. The hours that Ms. Moorer logged on her time sheet differed substantially from that of the previous town clerk, which raised a red flag to town council. During a week in April 2017, Ms. Moorer was absent from work the entire week however claimed on her time sheet that she was working and received compensation for that time.

 

Due to her excessive absenteeism and discrepancies with her hours and pay, the police department launched an investigation to see if she was defrauding the town. Officers were able to cross reference town hall surveillance footage with Ms. Moorer's time sheets and notate the times that she actually entered and exited the buildings and then compared that information with that of which was on the time sheet.

 

Officers checked weekends to see if Ms. Moorer had came in to make up hours on the weekends but did not find any video evidence of the Town Clerk working at the Town Hall on the weekends. It is important to note that not every week was captured however numerous weeks were captured and some examples are as follows from the Yemassee Police Department press release:

  • The week of July 5th - July 11th 2017 Moorer worked 38.15 hours but reported 55.30 hours
  • The week of Oct 4th - Oct 10th 2017 Moorer worked 44.55 hours but reported 70:00 hours
  • The week of Jan 10th - Jan 16th 2018 Moorer worked 40:26 hours but reported 54:00 hours
  • The week of Feb 28th - Mar 6th 2018 Moorer worked 39:29 hours but reported 50:00 hours
  • The week of Mar 7 - Mar 13 Moorer worked 35:54 hours but reported 40:00 hours

On March 14, 2018, Police met with Moorer upon her arrival at work where they advised her Town Council had placed her on Administrative Leave and that she was to turn over all town owned property. Moorer was then mirandized and waived her rights and advised that she would speak with officers. An Arrest Warrant was obtained for Breach of Trust w/ Fraudulent Intent $2500-$10,000 but not more than $10,000 and Moorer was transported to the Hampton County Detention Center. The investigation concludes that Moorer defrauded the Town of Yemassee of approximately $7773.00.


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