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Ex-SWU employee accused of stealing $58K

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Melissa Childs (Central Police Dept.) Melissa Childs (Central Police Dept.)
CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said they arrested a woman who used to work at Southern Wesleyan University after they said she stole more than $58,000 from the school.

Central police said Melissa Childs, 41, of Pickens was arrested on Wednesday and later released on a $10,000 bond.

She was charged with breach of trust with fraud worth more than $5,000.

Police said the theft occurred from 2004 until 2011. According to the university's website, Childs worked in the development office starting in 2001.

Central Police Chief Kerry Avery said Childs was given large sums of money to deposit from the university, but she would hold onto it until enough other checks came in from donors to match the cash she pocketed. He said she was also taking cash straight from the school's annual golf tournament fundraisers.

According to the university's Spring 2007 Focus magazine, Childs handled gift entry and data management of donor and alumni records. Most recently, Avery said, Childs worked with alumni gifts.

School administrators began looking into the missing money this past fall, when a donor called to ask where his receipt was for the gift he had given. Avery said Childs was fired at that time.

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