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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Columbia, SC- Lawrence F. Godwin III, 34, of Camden pled guilty to breach of trust and forgery, which stemmed from his embezzlement while employed at the University of South Carolina in the Carolina Card Office. Godwin ‘was responsible for collecting money deposited in Carolina Card machines on campus to be credited to campus debit cards, counting the money and taking it to the bursar's office for deposit,’ said a USC spokeswoman.

Judge Casey Manning sentenced Godwin to 10 years in prison, suspended upon the service of 90 days at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Deputies handcuffed and escorted Goodwin from the courtroom to immediately begin his jail sentence. Upon his release, Goodwin will be on probation for five (5) years and must complete 200 hours of community service. He must report regularly to probation, refrain from any further criminal activity and will be subject to random drug tests. Between the time of his arrest and today’s court hearing, Godwin repaid more than $59,000 to the University.

Godwin was an accountant and fiscal analyst from 2003 to mid-2006 in the Carolina Card office of USC's division of business and finance. His promising career was sidelined by a heroin addiction, which he asserts led him to embezzle funds from the university.

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