Bond was set for former Coastal Courier/Bryan County News General Manager Kathryn Fox Friday morning at Liberty County Magistrate Court before Magistrate Judge Jimmie R. Bomar.
Fox was arrested by the U. S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task force Dec. 22, while exiting a local business in Bluffton, S.C., according to Special Agent Stewart Cottingham. She was detained without incident before being picked up on an outstanding warrant in Liberty County. Fox was brought to the Liberty County jail on Dec. 26.
Friday morning her bond was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 property.
Fox was placed on administrative leave in November of 2017. She was fired Dec. 7, 2017 after an internal audit discovered she allegedly embezzled funds from the company.
According to a Hinesville Police Department incident report, the initial audit showed that Fox allegedly stole more than $33,000 from the newspaper over a 10-month period from February to November 2017. The company reported the alleged theft on Jan. 16, 2018.
However, the report presented to Judge Bomar indicated that representatives of Morris Newspaper Corporation, the Courier’s parent company, hired a company which conducted and external forensic audit going back an additional four years.
Based on that audit it is alleged that Fox embezzled approximately $210,000 from the company since 2014. She is currently charged with theft by conversion – felony.
Fox started her career with the Coastal Courier in 1999. She was promoted to General Manager in 2014.