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Former Powell-Clinch Utility district President faces theft, fraud charges

5:59 PM, Dec 19, 2011   |    comments
Investigators found Roberts had used the district's credit card for personal purchases dating back to January 2005, using the general category "employee accounts receivable."
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A former President of the Powell-Clinch Utility District turned himself into Anderson County Officials on Monday facing charges for fraudulent use of credit card and theft. 

According to the Anderson County District Attorney, Del Roberts faces charges for one count of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of theft over $60,000. 

A state audit released last October found Roberts charged more than $95,000 dollars to the utility's credit card over the last five years for things such as a Carnival cruise, a Disney World vacation, college tuition and even a medical procedure. 

Officials with the Utility District released a statement on Monday which reads: 

"The District Attorney has finally completed the investigation into the alleged misappropriations of funds by the District's former manager, Del Roberts. Mr. Roberts was terminated by the District nearly two years ago, when his alleged misappropriations were first reported. The District has fully recovered all funds allegedly misappropriated and its ratepayers have suffered no financial loss as a result of this unfortunate incident. 

Internal controls were in place to detect and prevent the alleged misappropriation from occurring. The most troubling aspect surrounding the failure of those controls is that individuals inside and outside the District, with fiduciary obligations to the District and its board, apparently were aware of the misappropriations and failed to report them to the District's board so that action could be taken sooner. In cooperation with the State Comptroller's Office in 2010 the District implemented revised policies and procedures to strengthen its internal controls."

The current Vice President of the Utility District turned himself into authorities last week after he was indicted for charges of felony theft over $1,000. Richard McIntosh served as the interim utility board President after Roberts left. 

McIntosh was released on bond Tuesday afternoon. He remains the Vice President of the company. 

The incident is still under investigation and the District Attorney had no other comments on Monday. Officials are unsure when Roberts will be arraigned.

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