The former town of Mount Pleasant employee accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the town broke down in tears and apologized when confronted by town officials, according to an incident report released Tuesday.

Candice Bottorff, 65, of Vision Road in Mount Pleasant was fired from the town and charged with embezzlement. Bottorff, who worked in human resources, is accused of stealing $52,239 over a course of four years, according to town leaders.

On July 29, during a meeting with her attorney and town officials, she was asked to hand over her town identification card. Bottorff began crying and stated: “I know I’ve done wrong, but I just wanted to say I am sorry,” according to the report.

Bottorff told police she took insurance payments from town retirees in cash, the report stated. She stated she did it because she was about to lose her house because she couldn’t pay the mortgage. Bottorff stole about $800 a month for four years, the report stated. She took cash payments from retirees who were paying to keep their health insurance, according to Town Administrator Eric DeMoura.

Bottorff posted bail and was released from jail after her arrest on Monday.