File this one under stupid criminals.
Beaufort police arrested a box office manager over the weekend on suspicion of embezzling nearly $99,000 from the Beaufort Performing Arts Center, a venue owned by the University of South Carolina at Beaufort.
Stacy Whitmore was arrested and charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. Since 2006, Whitmore has allegedly written herself checks from the BPAC’s accounts totalling $98,748, according to reporter Patrick Donohue of the Beaufort Gazette.
It appears Whitmore thought no one would notice that nearly a fifth of the performing arts center’s total annual operating budget had gone missing. The 2007-2008 budget is a mere $525,000. Fortunately, someone did notice during an internal audit. Venue officials fired Whitmore then called police to investigate.