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Former accountant indicted for embezzling over $200K from lottery

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Anthony McNeil (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Anthony McNeil (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

A former accountant has been indicted in connection with the embezzlement of over $200,000 from the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL). 

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said a Richland County Grand Jury on Friday returned an indictment against Anthony J. McNeil, 55, of Columbia on one count of embezzlement of public funds over $10,000.

According to an arrest warrant, McNeil was in charge of collecting payments owed to the SCEL. Investigators said McNeil, between April 17, 2010 and August 11, 2012, manually manipulated invoices in the SCEL computer system causing funds not to be collected from certain retailers, while other retailers were overcharged.

The money collected from the overcharged retailers, according to the warrant, was used to cover the expenses of the retailers not charged. McNeil then contacted those retailers to tell them a system error caused their payments not to be collected, the warrant states.

McNeil ultimately instructed those retailers to deposit funds totaling $226,439.07 into an account that he controlled, according to investigators.

The offense is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

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