Gaffney woman sentenced for child support theft

Gaffney woman sentenced for child support theft

Gaffney woman sentenced for child support theft

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 11:59 AM

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- A Gaffney woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing more than $60,000 in child support from a Cherokee County fund.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 40-year-old Melanie Sparks was sentenced Tuesday in Anderson. She was also ordered to pay restitution.
 
Sparks pleaded guilty in August. Prosecutors say she worked as a deputy clerk in the child support section of the Cherokee County clerk's office and took money from cash receipts.
 
An audit showed that more than $60,000 was missing between January 2008 and November 2009. Prosecutors say Sparks used the money to pay personal expenses and fund an online business that sold pottery.

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