COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina law enforcement officials say a former state lottery employee is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the agency.

SLED officials say 54-year-old Anthony McNeil was in charge of collecting payments from retailers for the State Education Lottery.

Lottery Director Paul Harper Bethea says the money was taken over a period of two years. Bethea says the money involved was on the financial side of the operation and did not involve the games.

Bethea says McNeil was fired in October after financial discrepancies were found and the investigation handed to SLED.

SLED says the charge of embezzlement against McNeil is a felony and carries penalties of a fine and up to 10 years in prison.

A call made to a telephone listing for McNeil wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.

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