facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Lottery official accused of theft

Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM   |   Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A former accountant for the South Carolina Education Lottery has been arrested on charges of stealing $200,000 from the lottery, law enforcement agents said.

Anthony J. McNeil, 54, was fired from his job Oct. 10 after lottery officials discovered accounting discrepancies, The State, Columbia, S.C., reported.

He is accused of manipulating the agency's computer system to overcharge some ticket retailers and not charge others, a lottery affidavit states.

The affidavit said McNeil would call the retailers that weren't charged and instruct them to deposit payments into an account he controlled.

Lottery Director Paula Harper Bethea said the irregularities occurred over a two-year period and did not affect lottery players or prizes.

"Although the tightest internal controls were in place, McNeil was intent and found a way to circumvent procedures," Bethea said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses
2
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
3
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
4
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
5
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback