by Paul Bowers
A bookkeeper for the Charleston Battery has been accused of embezzling $100,000 from the minor-league soccer team over the course of more than three years, according to a report filed with the Charleston Police Department.
A complainant told police on Tues. Aug. 11 that the bookkeeper opened an unauthorized debit card on a company bank account and incrementally embezzled about $100,000 between 2011 and June 16, 2015. The complainant said that the company had discovered suspicious activity in June but decided to review its financial records to discover how much money had been stolen before notifying police.
The complainant told police that the bookkeeper stopped coming to work after the money was discovered missing and has since been fired. The incident report does not indicate whether the employee has been arrested.
A Charleston Police Department spokesman says an investigation of the incident is ongoing and no arrest warrants have been issued. A Battery spokesman confirmed that the bookkeeper is no longer with the company but declined to provide any further information.