SLED: Ex-accountant embezzled $200K from SC lottery - FOX Carolina 21

SLED: Ex-accountant embezzled $200K from SC lottery

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A South Carolina Education Lottery sign. (File/FOX Carolina) A South Carolina Education Lottery sign. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

State investigators arrested a former employee on Tuesday whom they said embezzled more than $200,000 from the state lottery.

State Law Enforcement Division agents investigated the lottery's claims of missing money and arrested former South Carolina Education Lottery accountant Anthony McNeil, according to lottery officials. They said McNeil was fired on Oct. 10.

"According to our records and SLED's investigation, McNeil embezzled over $200,000 over a period of about two years," said Paula Harper Bethea, SCEL's executive director. "The instances were sporadic."

Bethea said the state's lottery games, players and prizes were protected all times, however McNeil was, "was intent and found a way to circumvent the procedures."

"Once we identified what occurred, we immediately began an internal investigation with our internal auditor," Bethea said. "Within eight hours this matter was turned over to SLED for a full investigation. We will prosecute to the full extent of the law, and we will seek restitution."

She said the lottery now has more monitoring procedures in place.

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