The former Beaufort County clerk of court convicted of embezzling is now under federal indictment.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 47-year-old Elizabeth Smith was indicted Wednesday on one count of illegal conversion of public funds.
Prosecutors say Smith used at least $68,500 in federal child support money to pay her husband's salary while he worked for the Beaufort County Drug Court. The federal cash is intended for paternity tests and other child support enforcement, not for judges or other costs.
If convicted, Smith could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Court records did not list an attorney for her.
Earlier this week a state judge sentenced Smith to five years probation for embezzling more than $23,000 from public accounts.