Newberry woman sentenced to 30 Months in jail on
embezzlement and Tax Fraud Charges
Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that this morning, the Honorable Michelle Childs sentenced Tina Lewis Clinton to 30 months in jail on one count of embezzlement and five counts of filing false tax returns. Evidence presented at the hearing established that during the course of her employment as a bookkeeper at the J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home from 2005 to 2009, Ms. Clinton embezzled a total of $440,958.05. As a bookkeeper, Ms. Clinton had the responsibility of making deposits, and rather than deposit checks for residents receiving Social Security and Veteran’s benefits, Ms. Clinton cashed the checks and diverted the funds to her personal use. Ms. Clinton was able to cover her theft by making accounting adjustments to the residents’ accounts. Ms. Clinton also failed to report the stolen income on her tax returns, and has an additional tax due and owing of over $65,000.00.
U.S. Attorney Nettles added that no resident of the nursing home lost money as a result of the embezzlement, because the loss was covered by a bonding company. The court ordered Ms. Clinton to make full restitution of the loss to the bonding company and to the IRS. Ms. Clinton has made a $15,000 payment to date. Ms. Clinton was fired from her position upon discovery of her theft.
This investigation and conviction is a result of the cooperation of agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Newberry Police Department, and the Offices of the Inspector General at both the Veterans’ Administration and the Social Security Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beth Drake.