A Lexington man working for South Carolina’s fiscal accountability agency has been charged with embezzling public funds, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Christopher Thomas Reidenbach, 46, was arrested Wednesday and charged with embezzlement of public funds, value less than $10,000, according to a warrant.
Reidenbach is accused of altering electronic procurement orders to purchase computer equipment and fraudulently using a state government-issued Visa card to purchase more computer equipment through his personal Amazon Prime account, the warrant states. This happened between July 2015 and January 2016, while Reidenbach was employed by the S.C. State Fiscal Accountability Authority.
Agents say Reidenbach took the equipment to his home, where he used it in the operation of his home business. Internal audit documents from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority substantiate SLED’s allegations, to which Reidenbach admitted, according to the warrant.
The property was recovered in Reidenbach’s home, according to SLED. The case will be prosecuted by the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.