Published on July 22nd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Superior Court case manager arrested on drug charge, computer seized
A Chatham County Superior Court case manager was arrested this morning and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances with additional charges forthcoming, District Attorney Meg Heap said.
Vevelyn Scarborough, 34, was expected to appear before a Superior Court judge on Monday for her initial appearance-arraignment after her arrest on warrants signed by Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot on Thursday night. Since she was arrested on a Superior Court warrant, Scarborough is already in that court and will not go through Recorder’s Court.
Further details were unavailable Friday, but court officials confirmed that Scarborough’s computer at the courthouse was seized and that her home in the 1100 block of East 67th Street was searched. She had not been booked into the Chatham County jail on Friday afternoon.
Heap declined to comment on an ongoing investigation but said the case would be handled in the “normal judicial process.”
Scarborough was hired in the case management office Aug. 27, 2001, and promoted to her current position June 3, 2002, according to Superior Court Administrator Crystal Taylor Cooper.
The clerk was placed on “investigative suspension without pay” this morning, Taylor said. “We’re shocked and saddened by her arrest.”
Taylor, who became court administrator in 2011, said Scarborough was in a counter clerk position from the county’s temporary pool when the frozen position was unfrozen at the administrator’s request in February 2001. She filled that slot.
Chatham County jail records show Scarborough was arrested in 1999 on a theft-by-shoplifting charge and in 2004 on a deposit account fraud charge.
Friday’s arrest comes in connection with a large-scale pending drug prosecution involving 23 kilos of cocaine and 40 defendants before Chief Judge Michael Karpf. That case, brought by Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team agents, involves use of court-approved wire taps.
Source: savannahnow.com “Superior Court case manager arrested on drug charge, computer seized,” July 22, 2013.