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USC embezzler goes to jail

Aug 24, 2011 11:59:00 AM - thestate.com
A former accountant for the University of South Carolina who stole $179,000 in part by looting the university’s ATM machines was given 90 days in jail by Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning Wednesday.

Manning also sentenced Lawrence “Trey” Godwin, of Camden, to 10 years in prison but suspended nine years and nine months of that sentence if Godwin serves his 90 days in jail, spends five years on probation and passes random drug tests.

“I had a great job, I worked with great people, and life was good – and now it’s pretty much ruined,” said Godwin told Manning in a courtroom at the Richland County courthouse just before sentencing. “I am extremely sorry for everything that happened.”

Testimony said that Godwin became addicted to heroin about five years ago and quickly escalated to a $250-a-day habit. Finding money to pay for the habit launched him to begin a life of crime, his attorney Melissa Armstrong said.

During Wednesday’s 20-minute hearing, a physician for Godwin testified he had gotten help and weaned himself from heroin. Testimony also indicated he is the sole parent of a teen.

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