A Florence man has been charged with embezzlement of public funds. According to a release issued by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Jacob Stokes, 36, of Florence was acting as an agent of Clemson Extension in Williamsburg County when he is alleged to have collected $100 from 14 individuals at a Pesticide Application course.
After receiving the funds, Stokes did not transfer the funds to Clemson Extension, a division of Clemson University. He is alleged to have converted the funds to his own personal use and failed to account for them. SLED was requested by the Clemson University Police Department.
Stokes was booked at the Williamsburg County Detention Center. The case will be prosecuted by the Third Circuit Solicitor’s Office. If convicted, Stokes must be fined in the discretion of the court to be proportioned to the amount of embezzlement and could face up to five years in prison.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.