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Winthrop employee spends $200,000 on school credit card (AUDIO)

A former Winthrop University employee is accused of charging more than $200,000 on the school’s credit card–for his own use. Winthrop Police Chief Frank Zebedis says George Robert Walker, the print shop supervisor, turned himself in to school police Wednesday. He has been arrested and charged with two counts of breach of trust over $5,000. Each of those counts carries up to 10 years in prison.

Zebedis says the case is complicated because Walker was using the PayPal internet payment system to get the funds through the printing services office. Zebedis says Walker receiving money from the school through PayPal after he set up a fake company.

AUDIO: Zebedis on Walker’s scheme to get cash from Winthrop (:40)

School officials say Walker resigned when he was questioned, after 10 years of service.

Zebedis says Winthrop discovered the problem when its budget office noticed increased costs in the printing services office and an audit was conducted.

Our internal audit caught it and brought it to our attention. We moved on it quickly and were able to connect all the dots. We figured out that Mr. Walker was involved in it and we made the charges.

Walker’s attorney, Harry Collins or Rock Hill, says he thinks something will be worked out with the university.

Walker was released on a personal recognizance bond of $150,000.

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