The court appearance date for a Pacific woman accused of felony stealing from a Pacific food pantry and resale shop has been postponed.
Brenda S. McDaniel, 53, is charged in Franklin County Circuit Court with felony stealing in the case of funds missing from the Agape Help House, Pacific.
McDaniel appeared in front of Presiding Circuit Judge Gael Wood Tuesday, July 11, without an attorney to represent her.
When the judge asked why she was without an attorney, McDaniel said she has not been able to raise the money to hire one.
McDaniel requested six weeks to raise the money to hire an attorney.
Judge Wood set her next appearance date for Sept. 15.
McDaniel was arrested May 22 in Charleston, S.C., after a Franklin County Grand Jury formally indicted her on one felony count of stealing more than $500, but less than $25,000.
Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said McDaniel was picked up by United States customs officials trying to board a cruise ship.
She was released on her own recognizance .
Parks has said the restitution amount on file for the case is $55,548.
Early in 2016, the Agape House board said it was investigating missing funds. It was suspected in January of that year that funds had been misappropriated from the accounts of the food pantry and resale shop that serves 5,000 families in the Pacific area.
When the board of directors learned of the missing funds it immediately called for a police investigation, ordered an audit of agency finances and placed the executive director, McDaniel, on administrative leave.
The audit results were reported to the board at its March 7, 2016, meeting. Without disclosing the amount of missing funds or naming anyone, the board voted to terminate McDaniel.
According to an online resume, McDaniel started at the Agape House in January 2012.