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Former Booster Club treasurer charged with stealing from the club

The former treasurer of the Colleton County High School Booster Club is accused of embezzling money from the non-profit group for the last three years.

The former treasurer, identified as Margaret Dianne Finley, is accused of stealing more than $33,000 from money that the club raised: the club is comprised of parents and educators who raise money to support athletic programs at Colleton County High School.

She was arrested on a Breach of Trust charge on Feb. 29th at 10 a.m. at her Walterboro residence. She was given a $35,000 PR bond on March 1st.

Finley, 46, has since posted bond and has been released from the Colleton County Detention Center.

The allegations of embezzlement were brought to the attention of investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 21st, when the booster club’s newest treasurer reported the alleged crime. According to an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office, the Booster Club’s new treasurer said he noticed “discrepancies” when he began reviewing the booster club’s financial logs. A forensic audit was also conducted, showing the discrepancies.

According to the incident report, Finley is accused of stealing $33,027.83 over the last three years.

Of the amount alleged to have been taken, about $26,473.86 was stolen as cash that should have been deposited into the Booster Club’s bank account. This money was never deposited, the report states.

An additional $6,553.97 was taken through four Booster Club checks that were written out to cash. These four checks were then cashed by Finley at her personal bank, the incident report states.

On the memo line of each of the four checks, Finley had been written that the funds were for “reimbursements” to herself, according to the incident report.

The theft of the money “appears” to have begun in January of 2017, the report states. As of the time the alleged crime was reported, the total amount believed to have been taken was $33,027.83.

Additionally, deputies with the sheriff’s office saw text messages to a Booster Club member, where Finley admitted to taking the money from the Booster Club. Those text messages from Finley also state that she had intentions of “paying it back,” the report states.

Finley was set to meet with investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Friday; however, she did not come to that scheduled meeting and was subsequently arrested at her house on Saturday.