A former Winthrop employee was arrested Thursday on charges related to misuse of a university procurement card totaling $209,370, Winthrop officials say.
George Robert Walker was arrested by Winthrop Police after turning himself in. He was charged with two counts of breach of trust over $5,000 for misusing a university credit card, said Winthrop University Police Chief Frank Zebedis.
Zebedis said that Walker was "utilizing the Winthrop credit card and receiving money through two different sources."
More details about the case will come out in court, said.
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Each charge carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years, Zebedis said.
Walker was released on a personal recognizance bond of $150,000.
Winthrop discovered the problem when its budget office noticed increased costs in the printing services office when university offices were supposed to be aggressively reducing costs, a Winthrop release said.
An audit of the print shop, which Walker supervised, revealed someone was "defrauding the university and receiving payment from a Winthrop credit card through PayPal," according to a Winthrop police report.
When questioned, Walker's answers were "unsatisfactory," the release said. After working for Winthrop for almost 10 years, Walker resigned in April.
Walker deferred comments on the case to his attorney, Harry P. Collins of Rock Hill.
"I think this is going to be something that we can work out with the university," Collins said.
Asked whether Walker feels the charges brought against him are valid, Collins said, "We haven't seen the evidence against him yet. We'll be looking at that in the next couple of weeks and we'll be able to decide where to go from there."
Chief Zebedis said he understands Walker intends to cooperate with the police.
"There are still some questions we need to have answered, and he said he'd be willing to cooperate at that point," Zebedis said.