Lexington County woman charged with embezzling thousands

A woman entrusted to collect customer payments for the town of Swansea’s water and sewer services is now facing charges she stole a portion of those payments, following an investigation by Swansea Police and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).


Lorraine Culler (Photo provided)

Lorraine Culler, 56, of Swansea has been arrested and charged with embezzlement of public funds, $10,000 or more, according to an arrest warrant released by SLED.

The SLED investigation followed an audit by the town. SLED did not state how much Culler is alleged to have embezzled, but authorities stated the total was less than $100,000.

According to the warrant, Culler admitted to the alleged crime to Swansea Police Chief Clif Hayes.

Now fired from her post, Culler had worked with the town for 12 years, and was primarily tasked with collecting customer payments for the town, which operates a regional utility network that generates about $1 million annually and serves around 750 water and sewer customers.

The warrant alleged Culler embezzled the funds between January 2014 and February 2015.

If found guilty, Culler could face a maximum sentence of 10 years, according to SLED.