CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police now say a former employee of the City of Charleston Building Inspection Division previously thought to have embezzled $4,000 in public funds actually embezzled over $42,000.
North Charleston native Antonio Leroy Rutledge, 30, was arrested last April after an audit showed he embezzled $4,000 from the city between Jan. 3 and Apr. 11 of 2012.
According to court documents, a more thorough audit which dates back to January 2009 shows Rutledge actually stole $42,286 in public funds.
Officials with the City of Charleston said Rutledge was employed with the city from Oct. 10, 2005 to April 25, 2012.
City officials released the following statement:
While employed with the City, Mr. Rutledge is believed to have embezzled approximately $46,000 for personal use for more than a three-year period from January 2009 to April 2012. This is an ongoing investigation. Several procedures have been put in place to ensure that this type of incident does not reoccur including tightening controls within the system and more frequent reviews of reports by management.
Court documents state Rutledge confessed to taking the scam, in which he would issue building permits and then keep the money he received for them. Furthermore, police said Rutledge never accounted for the transactions in his daily collection report.
Rutledge was booked at the Charleston County Detention Center.
The city's building inspection office is located at 75 Calhoun Street.