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, http://www.thestate.com