Former BCSD financial officer Brantley Thomas to be arraigned

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBCD) – Former Berkeley County School District financial officer Brantley Thomas will appear in a Richland County courtroom Friday morning. 

Thomas was brought in for arraignment in Columbia on his indictments from this past summer and new arrest warrant that has been filed, according to officials 

The new warrant was for breach of trust with nonpublic money, officials added. After being fired form BCSD he was hired to supervisor finances somewhere else where he again embezzled money.

Thomas embezzled $2,600 that he used to pay off his personal credit cards, according to the Communications Director Robert Kittle of the Attorney Generals Office.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Thomas who  is accused of embezzling more than $1 million, will be arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Thomas pled guilty to federal embezzlement and money laundering charges in January.

In June, a state grand jury indicted Thomas on an additional 13 counts of embezzlement and 1 count of forgery .

Sally Wofford, the Chairwoman of the Berkeley County School Board released the following statement after the latest indictment:

 
We are grateful to the Attorney General’s Statewide Grand Jury’s Office for their perseverance and continued commitment of time and resources to expose Thomas’s complicated schemes and fraudulent activities. When this Board first learned of the federal investigation in February 2017, we took decisive action to terminate the district’s financial auditors, hire forensic auditors, order general counsel to begin an internal investigation and fully cooperate with the law enforcement investigation. We appreciate the efforts of our district staff, especially the finance department, to support this ongoing investigation. Though it has been a difficult 16 months, BCSD has proven its resilience, and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to ensure the stability and success of our district. This Board remains committed to cooperating with law enforcement to discover all wrongdoing and recover all monies stolen by Brantley Thomas.”
 Thomas’ lawyer, Matthew Hubbell, previously said  his client has accepted responsibility and is cooperating with authorities.

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