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2 more accused of stealing fuel from county
Thursday, June 7, 2012

ORANGEBURG, SC - Two more former Orangeburg County Public Works Department employees have been charged with stealing fuel from the county.

Keith Huggins, 46, of 502 Two Church Road, Bowman, and Olin Brown, 32, of 141 Malika Lane, Orangeburg, have been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent of more than $10,000.

Magistrate Peggy Doremus set $15,000 personal recognizance bonds on both men Wednesday.

A third former employee, Barry Smith, 53, of 4108 Charleston Highway, Orangeburg, was served with a warrant for the same charge on Tuesday. His bond also was set at $15,000 personal recognizance.

Each man turned himself in to authorities.

According to the warrants, investigators believe the trio used an Orangeburg County fuel card to make purchases of fuel for non-county vehicles.

County Administrator Bill Clark confirmed Tuesday the three were employees of the county Public Works Department. They were terminated on May 11.

The former employees were fired after county staff discovered rising fuel usage, Clark said.

According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the initial estimate of loss has been put at $20,000.

However, Clark reiterated the investigation is ongoing and that figure could change.

“I think that’s still part of what’s being determined through the investigative process,” he said.

An Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report indicates that between March and April, a fuel stop on Five Chop Road was used.

Clark said Tuesday various locations around the county participate in the fuel network that is used by the county.

Investigators now believe the cards could have been used at multiple locations around the county. The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

Source: http://thetandd.com/news/more-accused-of-stealing-fuel-from-county/article_7ac7bab6-b059-11e1-8485-0019bb2963f4.html

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