A former employee with the South Carolina lottery has been indicted for embezzling from the agency.
Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office announced Monday that a Richland County grand jury had indicted 55-year-old Anthony McNeil of Columbia for stealing more than $200,000 from the South Carolina Education Lottery.
McNeil was charged with embezzlement of public funds between April 2010 and August 2012 by using a scheme that involved overcharges, computer changes, bank account sweeps, and the redirecting of funds.
A deposition provided by the State Law Enforcement Division accused McNeil of manipulating and altering invoices that went out to various retail stores which sold lottery tickets. The deposition states that an internal audit found several invoices were manipulated so that certain retailers were not charged the required fees, while others were overcharged to make up the difference.
Investigators say McNeil would then contact those retailers that had not paid and told them that a system error caused the confusion. He would then instruct those retailers to deposit the required funds into a separate account that he controlled.
The money McNeil took from the agency did not involve the games themselves, according to investigators.