Former Clemson city financial executive charged with embezzling thousands in open money

The city of Clemson’s former financial executive was arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzling thousands in open income during a final 6 years.

Tom Alexander Sparacino, 61, is indicted of regulating a city of Clemson’s credit cards to make scarcely $125,000 in purchases that were “personal in nature,” according to an confirmation for his detain that was done open by a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. 

Sparacino used Clemson’s finances to compensate for repairs to his personal vehicles at Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche and Volvo of Greenville, according to a document. He is also indicted of regulating city finances to compensate for cellphone bills, sell from Amazon and  iTunes purchases from Apple.

Sparacino worked for Clemson for 31 years, according to City Administrator Rick Cotton. He was dangling though compensate Feb. 28, after another city worker detected a “suspicious volume of charges” on credit cards expelled to Sparacino, annals show. 

After a discovery, Clemson hired an accounting organisation to audit Sparacino’s use of city credit cards. From SLED annals that have been done public, it is not transparent how distant behind a hired organisation audited Sparacino’s activities.

The purchases described in Sparacino’s detain aver were done between Jun 1, 2011 and Feb. 28 of this year. Sparacino is charged with embezzling some-more than $10,000 in open funds, according to a warrant.

After being suspended, Sparacino late May 13, Cotton said. His final annual income was $81,936.

The Independent Mail has requested copies of Sparacino’s crew annals and disciplinary annals from a city.

Cotton pronounced he could not plead a sum of a case, though concurred a problem that one faces when a longtime worker stands accused.

“You have to go by it to know it,” he said.

Sparacino was requisitioned into a Pickens County Detention Center only after 7:30 a.m., according to jail records. He spent one hour and 12 mins in jail before being expelled on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond, annals show.

Efforts to reach Sparacino were not immediately successful Tuesday.

His subsequent justice coming is in January, according to electronic legal records.

If convicted, Sparacino faces adult to 10 years in jail and fines in suit to a volume of embezzled money, according to SLED.

Joel Seavey, a former financial officer in Seneca, has been portion as Clemson’s financial executive for several months.

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