Originally created 01/17/04

Two charged with taking money from charitable fund



NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A former city employee and a former volunteer head of a charitable organization have been charged with taking money from a fund meant to help area sports teams, state investigators say.

William Oliver, 63, athletic director of the city's recreation department, was charged with misconduct in office, breach of trust and conspiracy; Phillip Jones, 53, president of the North Myrtle Beach Coaches Fund, is charged with breach of trust and conspiracy, the State Law Enforcement Division said Thursday.

According to an affidavit attached to their arrest warrants, Phillips used money from the fund to pay a family medical bill, phone bill and for groceries, and Oliver paid off personal credit card debt. Each man is charged with taking more than $5,000.

The coaches fund collected donations from businesses, proceeds from concession sales and received more than $96,000 in money from the city during fiscal years 1999-2002. During that period, banking records show the fund took in more than $248,000 and paid out more than $252,000.