Georgetown detention officer stole money from inmate’s account, deputies say

35-year-old James E. Drye, III

GEORGETOWN, SC (WBTW) – A Georgetown County correctional officer was arrested Friday after authorities say he stole money from an inmates account.

According to a press release from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 35-year-old James E. Drye, III for fraudulently obtaining funds from the Georgetown County Detention Center’s inmate account.

The investigation began on November 2, 2015 after GCDC administration discovered funds were missing from the account. Once the funds were discovered missing, documentation was obtained from the bank which supported the suspicion that the funds were fraudulently obtained. After discovering this information, GCDC administration contacted sheriff’s investigators to open an active investigation.

As a result of the investigation, it was found that in September of 2014, Drye had fraudulently obtained the funds by cashing a check which he made out to himself in the amount of $550.00.

Drye, who has been serving with the Georgetown County Detention Center since August 18, 2003, is currently being held at the GCDC awaiting a bond hearing.

He charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent and Misconduct in Office.

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