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Ex-lottery worker indicted in $200K embezzlement scheme

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A grand jury indicted a former South Carolina Education Lottery worker accused of embezzling $200,000 from the scholarship fund.

Anthony McNeil, 55, was indicted Friday on embezzlement of public funds after state investigators said he stole from the lottery during a two-year period when he worked for the finance department.

Investigators said McNeil used overcharges, computer changes, bank account sweeps and redirected fund to access the money and hide it from the lottery's overall numbers between April 2010 and August 2012.

McNeil was arrested last fall after the embezzlement was discovered. Lottery officials said he was fired Oct. 10.

"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."

If convicted of the felony offense, McNeil faces several years in prison and a fine. The case will be prosecuted by the state's Attorney General's Office.

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