Former executive director of Boys and Girls Club in Myrtle Beach pleads guilty in embezzlement case

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:02 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The former leader of a nonprofit organization in Myrtle Beach entered a guilty plea in her embezzlement case on Tuesday.

Dione Buonto pleaded guilty in a Horry County courtroom to two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

She was indicted in July 2021 on six counts of the charge.

RELATED COVERAGE | Former Boys and Girls Clubs of Myrtle Beach director indicted, accused of embezzlement

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said Buonto embezzled more than $100,000 from the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

Documents state Buonto allegedly used the money from December 2014 through January 2020 on personal items such as hair and beauty products, home decor, moving expenses, tuition and books for her son.

The money was also used for personal travel expenses for herself, her daughter and son along with a male acquaintance and his mother, according to the investigation.

She also allegedly gave herself bonus checks without approval from the organization.

Buonto stepped down from her position in January 2020.

The defense and prosecution agreed to a negotiated sentence which includes a four-year suspended sentence with two years probation and she also must pay back $88,414.89 in restitution.

Copyright 2022 WMBF. All rights reserved.