Former Coastal Courier General Manager Kathryn Fox had her bond reduced Monday afternoon by Superior Court Judge Paul C. Rose. Her bond was reduced from $110,000 cash (approximately $200,000 property) to $30,000 cash or $60,000 in property. She is charged with theft by conversion – felony.
Lori McCampbell, a former Coastal Courier sales representative, took the stand as a witness for the defense to help prove Fox wasn’t a flight risk or danger to the community. The state argued that Fox was a flight risk, and also noted the alleged amount stolen was more than the original arrest warrant. Judge Rose granted the bond reduction based on the original warrant and also noted that the defendant had no prior record.
Fox is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the company during a four-year period, from 2014 to 2017, based on an external audit ordered by the company. Fox was placed on administrative leave in November 2017. She was fired Dec. 7, 2017.
After being on the run for almost a year, Fox was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Taskforce Dec. 22, 2018 after exiting a business in Bluffton, S.C. Fox was brought to the Liberty County jail on Dec. 26 .
Fox began employment with the Coastal Courier 20 years ago. She was promoted to general manager in 2014.