SLED investigates lottery's money matters

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is stepping in after accounting discrepancies were discovered by the South Carolina Education Lottery.

The Executive Director of the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) announced that an internal investigation revealed an accounting discrepancy in early October, after which the SCEL immediately notified SLED to conduct a thorough investigation of the matter.

"I can say that appropriate actions have been taken and any accounting discrepancies have been resolved," said Paula Harper Bethea, SCEL's executive director. "Although tight internal control mechanisms were in place to prevent this type of action, someone intent on circumventing procedures and controls found a way. Even more stringent additional monitoring procedures are now in place to detect this kind of activity in the future."

All SCEL retailers, players and prizes are protected.

"The people of South Carolina and our lottery players can know that at no time was the integrity or the security of the central gaming system or any of our games affected," Ms. Bethea said.

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