Crime & Courts

Midlands woman in charge of money for students, school spent thousands on herself

Joy Ellen Knotts
Joy Ellen Knotts

A Midlands woman was arrested and charged Monday for using money intended for students and a school for her personal benefit.

Joy Ellen Knotts, 40, was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, according to an arrest warrant.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents arrested the Cayce woman in connection with unauthorized use of funds from the Parent Teacher Organization account at at Claude A. Taylor Elementary School.

While employed by Lexington School District Two from 2010-2016, Knotts was entrusted with funds belonging to the Parent Teacher Organization, according to the arrest warrant. Knotts converted PTO funds meant for the benefit of the children and school for her own personal use.

Knotts wrote unauthorized checks to reimburse herself and others for goods and services that were not delivered or performed, according to SLED. Knotts also submitted fraudulent invoices for reimbursement to herself.

Knotts was booked at Lexington County Detention Center.

The case was investigated by SLED at the request of Lexington School District Two.