51-year-old woman to serve 5 years in prison for check fraud

Debor Guear, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty last week to one count of Breach of Trust over $10,000 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to a news release.

A news release from the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office said Guear, 51, pled before Judge Steven John on June 18. During that plea her 10-year sentence was suspended to 5 years of guaranteed incarceration followed by 5 years probation.

Guear is the former office manager and bookkeeper of Mozingo and Wallace Architects. The release said that over a period of around seven years, Guear embezzled a large amount of money by writing over 500 fraudulent checks to herself, a family-run real estate holding company, and other agencies.

Guear created falsified accounting records for her employer's to review to cover her misuse of funds, enabling her to misappropriate those funds over a long period of time, the release said.

Both Derrick Mozingo, and his business partner, Gerry Wallace, addressed the Court at the guilty plea and both told the Court that they had trusted Guear as if she was a family member, and found it incomprehensible that she would steal from them considering all the support and friendship they had presented to her and her family during her employment.

While on probation, Guear will be required to maintain full-time employment and pay restitution to the victims, or she will be sent back to prison for the remainder of her sentence.