Vevelyn Scarborough, 34, was booked in the Chatham County Jail and is expected to appear before a Superior Court judge on Monday for her initial appearance-arraignment after her arrest by Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team agents on warrants signed by Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot.
Friday’s arrest comes in connection with a large-scale pending drug prosecution involving 23 kilos of cocaine and 40 defendants before Chief Judge Michael Karpf. That case, brought by CNT agents, involves the use of court-approved wire taps.
Further details were not made public, but court officials confirmed that Scarborough’s computer at the courthouse was seized and her home in the 1100 block of East 67th Street was searched.
Heap declined to comment on an ongoing investigation but said the case would be handled in the “normal judicial process.”
Scarborough was hired in the case management office Aug. 27, 2001, and promoted to her current position June 3, 2002, according to Superior Court Administrator Crystal Taylor Cooper.
The clerk was placed on “investigative suspension without pay” effective Friday morning, Cooper said. “We’re shocked and saddened by her arrest.”
Cooper, who became court administrator in 2011, said Scarborough was in a counter clerk position from the county’s temporary pool when the frozen case-management position was unfrozen at the administrator’s request. Scarborough filled that slot in June.
In that role, she was responsible for putting cases into the case-management system by taking paper work from arresting agencies, putting some into the computer, assigning a judge in line with court rules and sending the case to the district attorney’s office, Cooper said.
Chatham County jail records show Scarborough was arrested in 1999 on a theft-by-shoplifting charge and, in 2004, was the subject of a warrant for deposit account fraud, said Gena Bilbo, director of public information for the sheriff’s department.