BREAKING NEWS: Second arrest made in LHS embezzlement case

LIBERTY — Another arrest has been made in connection with the alleged embezzlement of funds at Liberty High School, according to school district communications director Julie Thompson.

Thursday afternoon, Thompson said that SLED had arrested LHS bookkeeper Buea DeNard, who was originally placed on paid administrative leave along with principal Randy Gilstrap following a random school records audit in February.

Gilstrap was arrested Wednesday, charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, embezzlement of public funds and financial transaction card fraud.

According to the Pickens County Law Enforcement Center’s records website, DeNard, 59, of 103 Lakeside Lane in Liberty, was booked and released Thursday afternoon on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

DeNard faces charges of breach of trust with fraudulent intent and embezzlement of public funds. According to warrants, investigators believe DeNard embezzled money from Liberty High School and the School District of Pickens County in an amount less than $10,000 “by manipulating and deposits and diverting funds intended for use” by LHS and SDPC. .