Head of In-plant Printer Cheats School out of $200K

ROCK HILL, SC—The former head of printing services at Winthrop University has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to misusing more than $200,000 in institutional funds. George Walker pleaded guilty to two counts of breach of trust for using the money to fuel an Internet gambling addiction, as well as to pay for family needs, according to The Herald.

Circuit Court Judge Lee Alford sentenced Walker to 10 years in prison, but he is eligible for parole in as little as two years. He must also pay restitution to Winthrop University, the paper reported.

Between 2005 and 2010, Walker created fake invoices from fictitious customers. His department overran its budget for four years, an internal auditor for the university told the court. In April of 2010, Walker left the school. An audit shortly after revealed the deception.

According to The Herald, Walker faked about 100 invoices for amounts ranging from $1,400 to $2,500, and took more than $209,000 in all. Winthrop University was insured for all but about $10,000 of the amount.

Walker set up a PayPal account and would submit bills to the print shop, which were paid for by the university via a procurement card.

An attorney for Walker told the paper his client intends to pay back the full amount.