Girls’ home employee arrested

An employee at a group home in Blackville has been charged with embezzlement.
Shannon Keller Doak, 38, of Barnwell, was arrested Thursday and faces one felony charge of embezzlement of public funds, according to a press release form the State Law Enforcement Division. The warrant states that between May and September of this year, Doak stole $18,500 from her employer, the Ashleigh Place Group Home in Blackville.
According to the warrant, Doak created a fictitious employee and then cashed checks in the fake employee's name. She used the money for personal needs. The warrant says Doak had administrative duties at Ashleigh Place, a state funded group home for young girls.
The charge carries up to 10 years in prison and fines in proportion to the amount embezzled. Doak was booked and released on a personal recognizance bond.
SLED conducted the investigation at the request of the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office.