Winthrop University employee steals over $200,000

By Katie Spiro, Gardner-Webb Media Student

ROCK Hill, SC— A print shop employee of Winthrop University was arrested and charged with a felony after stealing more than $200,000 through a university credit card over a period of three years.

George Robert Walker, 62, was charged with two counts of breach of trust over $5,000 for the abuse of a university credit card amounting to $209,370. Between August 15th, 2007 and August 15th, 2010, the now former employee had been periodically stealing the card from a locked desk in the printing services area of the shop.

Walker was authorized to access the desk, but not the card. Police say that someone had been, “defrauding the university and receiving payments from a Winthrop credit card using PayPal.”

After an increase in all printing services for university departments was reported, a special energy audit of the print shop was conducted—revealing the extent of Walker’s theft.

The man was  released on a personal bond of $150,000.

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