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Sheriff: Director of defense lawyer association stole $192K from the group

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Teresa Edmonds (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Teresa Edmonds (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

The executive director of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has been arrested after being accused of stealing over $190,000 from the group.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Teresa Edmonds, 47, turned herself in Thursday.

She is charged with two counts of breach of trust over $10,000.

In March 2013, the association's president contacted the sheriff's department concerned about missing money. Lott said an investigation by the sheriff's departments Financial Crimes Unit determined that between 2004 and 2013 Edmonds stole $192,000 from the association. 

Edmonds is accused of using that money to go on trips, have personal dental work and cosmetic surgery, purchase computers and cell phones for her family members and to purchase clothes and food. 

Lott said Edmonds had oversight and control of the association's funds and did unlawfully convert those funds to her own personal use without permission.

A statement released by the association said the group is "deeply saddened and disappointed at the events that led up to Edmonds' termination and criminal charges."

"As an organization committed to protecting the liberty and due process rights of all citizens of the state of South Carolina, now is not the time for further comment," stated the release.

A listing on the association's website shows it has approximately 450 members.

Edmonds also lists herself as a "director" at Dutch Fork Elementary School on her Linkedin profile.

A spokesperson for District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties says Edmonds is a part-time employee with the district. Mark Bounds says her employment was scheduled to end at the conclusion of the district's summer programs. She has been put on administrative leave pending resolution of her charges, Bounds said.

A search of the district's website Thursday morning indicated Edmonds was as a contact for the "Kit Club" after school program.

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