SC probes money missing from probation agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating nearly $400,000 missing from the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

The State newspaper reported Tuesday that $395,000 was discovered missing during a June audit.

Probation spokesman Peter O'Boyle issued a statement that the department was a victim of fraud by people outside the agency.

SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd would not confirm that.

The missing money came from an account for a former restitution center operated by the department.

The audit says the probation department failed to notice 1 of its accounts had been accessed by an unauthorized person through electronic transfers. The audit says the person who accessed the account is not a state employee.

O'Boyle says the agency has proper procedures in place, but they were not followed.

Information from: The State,

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