Second person admits to stealing money from Allendale

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Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 5:37 PM EDT
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Monday, March 25, 2019

News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Thousands of dollars have been stolen from the town of Allendale. Now a second person, the town's administrative assistant, has pleaded guilty to theft. The town administrator recently pleaded guilty to the same thing.

"Ain't nobody stealing no, no," said Allendale Mayor Ronnie Jackson.

More than a year after Allendale Mayor Ronnie Jackson told News 12 no one was stealing, federal court documents show a second town of Allendale employee pleading guilty to theft of federal grant money.

The town's former administrative assistant, and more recently the human resources director for the town, Cheryl Mole pleaded guilty, in court documents, to using the town bank card to buy cars and to pay for repairs to her family property.

Mole also pleaded guilty to erroneously reporting less and at times no taxable income to the IRS.

Our I-TEAM found she resigned back in November.

Before her, the town's administrator pleaded guilty to stealing thousands from the town to buy cars and other personal items.

In minutes from an emergency council meeting back in December, the mayor said

"No one on council was aware of the guilty plea until December 7."

and

"The administrator did not inform any town leaders of his court appearance."

The council voted then to suspend the town administrator indefinitely without pay. The interim administrator says Ennis is still on suspension.