Former N. Charleston Housing Authority director charged with embezzling funds

George Saldana (Source: CCDC)
George Saldana (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A former North Charleston Housing Authority director has been charged with embezzlement after State Law Enforcement Division agents say he used a housing authority credit card and vehicle for personal use.

According to a release from SLED, 58-year-old George Luis Saldana was arrested on Thursday. He is charged with embezzlement.

The arrest follows an investigation conducted by SLED and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Court documents state between April 8, 2007 and continuing through May 31, 2011, Saldana used a publicly-funded Visa credit card to purchase gasoline on personal trips through South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

The documents also state Saldana used an official housing authority vehicle on those trips. Both the vehicle and the credit car were provided for "official use only."

Saldana also used the credit card for other items while on annual leave, sick leave, weekends, and holidays, according to the affidavit.

Agents said Saldana admitted to using the vehicle and credit card inappropriately during interviews.

Officials estimate Saldana cost the North Charleston Housing Authority roughly $6,600.

He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center. He will be prosecuted by the Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

If found guilty, Saldana could face up to five years in prison and a fine consistent with how much he allegedly embezzled.