Anthony McNeill, 55, was indicted on one count of embezzling public funds over $10,000. The indictment came down last week, following McNeill's dismissal from the South Carolina Lottery in October.
McNeill's scheme involved manipulating billing invoices with retailers carrying lottery products. Some retailers were overcharged while others were told to remit funds to a bank account belonging to McNeill. The scheme hinged upon the total collections appearing correct in the accounting software.
Despite McNeill's efforts, the accounting regularities came to light in 2012, leading to his subsequent dismissal. In total, $226,439 was stolen from the financial operations of the lottery.
The scam did not involve winnings or alter the odds of winning any lottery game.
If convicted, McNeill faces 10 years in prison and a hefty fine.
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