Former Palm City golf club manager charged with golf pass schemeJune 25th, 2010 by Daphne Duret
Steven Grayson Harrop, 41, could face up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted on charges that he pocketed profits from selling unauthorized golf passes at Hammock Creek’s golf club and falsified dozens of bank statements from 2005 until December, according to Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.
Harrop confessed to his boss, George Elmore, who fired him in February after an internal audit revealed the discrepancies, the reports said.
Elmore on Friday described Harrop as a warm and friendly man who seemed trustworthy up until the last couple of years of his employment.
“I’ve been in this business 56 years and this has only happened to me 3 times,” Elmore said. “I like to think I’m a good judge of character, but Steven, he really surprised me.”
Elmore said he believed Harrop used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Records show Harrop and his wife April, who filed for divorce last month, bought a half-million dollar home south of Hammock Creek in 2007. A Palm City rental property Harrop owned is now in foreclosure.
Harrop, who was released on $50,000 after his arrest last week, could not be reached for comment Friday.