Williston man charged for misuse of state-issued gas card

January 5, 2019

A Williston man was charged Friday in connection with fraudulent use of his state-issued gas card.

Anthony Michael Auletta, 29, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent, value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; and nine counts of financial transaction card fraud, value more than $500 in a six-month period, according to a release provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Auletta was employed by the South Carolina Regional Housing Authority as a maintenance worker and was entrusted with a state-issued gas card, the release states.

On multiple occasions throughout 2018, Auletta would use the card at multiple gas stations to dispense thousands of dollars worth of gasoline into other people’s gas tanks, which was not authorized, the release states.

He would convert the dispensing of gasoline into funds for his own personal use, by charging people a discounted rate for the gas, police reported.

This fraudulent activity deprived the South Carolina Regional Housing Authority and the State of South Carolina.

SLED was brought in to investigate by a request made by the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office.

Auletta was arrested Friday and taken to the Barnwell County detention center.

The case will be prosecuted by the First and Second Circuit Solicitor’s Offices.

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