Agents: Official stole city money to pay luxury car repairs

November 7, 2017

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the finance director of a South Carolina city took nearly $125,000 of the city’s money and spent it on repairs for a Jaguar and a Porsche.

The State Law Enforcement Division said former city of Clemson Finance Director Tom Sparacino was charged with embezzlement Tuesday.

A sworn statement from an agent says a city employee noticed suspicious charges earlier this year on city credit cards.

The statement says an audit determined Sparacino charged nearly $125,000 on city credit cards starting in 2011 and spent it on repairs and maintenance for a Porsche, Jaguar and Volvo registered in his name and to buy smartphones, and pay his personal cellphone bills.

It wasn’t known if Sparacino had a lawyer.

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