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Chapin Town Clerk Sues Mayor

Plus, Cops Allege Woman Embezzled Nearly $2 Million

By Al Dozier
Monday, June 2, 2014 |
The town clerk of Chapin, who was suspended by Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson and accused of mishandling town finances, has filed a lawsuit accusing him of defamation.

Adrienne Thompson accuses Wilson of making false allegations that have negatively impacted upon her career and reputation, in a suit filed by attorney Lewis Cromer.

Wilson has accused her of misappropriation of town funds, unauthorized purchases, ethics violations and nepotism, but she has denied any wrongdoing and asserted that town officials were aware of all of the transactions.

Thompson has also filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Mayor Wilson.

Officials at the State Law Enforcement Division have been called in to look into Wilson’s claims about Thompson, most of which center on spending for a new Town Hall.

Embezzlement Totaling Nearly $2 Million Charged

A Chapin woman accused of stealing $1.9 million from a doctor’s office where she worked has been arrested, according to several news reports.

Chandra Padgett, 43, is charged with embezzling the money from Advanced Pain Therapies in Irmo, where she worked as an office manager. She is scheduled to appear before U.S. Judge Joe Anderson on June 6.

Authorities say Padgett used the money to take vacations and even pay her personal credit card bills.

Police allege the theft took place from January of 2010 to December of this year.

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