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Another DMV employee accused of embezzling thousands from agency

Anita Rainey (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Anita Rainey (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Wendy Gaskins (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Wendy Gaskins (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

By Tim Pulliam - email

BLYTHEWOOD, SC (WIS) - An employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles has been arrested for stealing over $11,000 in public funds from the state agency.

State Law Enforcement Division officers arrested 48-year-old Anita Meetze Rainey of Irmo on Sept. 9 and charged her with embezzlement of public funds over $10,000.

According to the arrest warrant, from June 1, 2009 to June 28, 2010, Rainey willfully received monetary payments totaling $11,564.55 that were made to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Rainey used those funds for her own personal use, according to the warrant.

The warrant states Rainey provided law enforcement with a written confession.

Rainey's arrest comes just days after another DMV employee was charged with embezzling over $300,000 from the agency to upgrade her home. 

SLED Investigators say they found that Wendy Gaskins created a fake construction company, then billed the DMV for work. According to an arrest warrant, Gaskins began taking the money in March 2009 and continued to do so through June of this year. The warrant also states that she has provided a written confession.

DMV officials are shocked after this second charge.

"The fact that this has happened has shocked everybody," said DMV spokesperson Beth Parks. "Everyone feels betrayed."

Parks says the department is already taking steps to make sure there is no more embezzlement issues.

"What we're doing now, we've already started the process of getting an independent audit company to come in to look at the way we handle financial controls now, try to figure out what it is we can do to make things better," said Parks. "If there's something we can fix, tell us what it is, if there's something we need to shore up, make it stronger, just tell us what that is."

Gaskins bonded out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

Rainey has also been released on an unknown bond and is awaiting trial. 


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