A Conway woman has been arrested and charged with using a state issued credit card for personal purchases to upgrade her home, according to authorities.
Denise Lee Johnson, 52, was arrested Wednesday and charged with breach of trust with a value of $5,000 or more and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center. She was released after more than six hours on $10,000 bail, jail records show.
Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Johnson, a former S.C. Department of Transportation employee on the charges, according to Jennifer Timmons, a SLED spokeswoman.
According to a SLED arrest warrant, Johnson used a state credit card to make more than $53,500 worth of purchases for her personal use between July 1, 2009 and Jan. 12. Authorities said Johnson spent the money for several upgrades to her residence in Horry County.
An investigation by SLED agents began at the request of the DOT's chief internal auditors office.
DOT officials found irregularities internally and reported the findings to SLED for an investigation, said Pete Poore, DOT spokesman.
Johnson worked in the Horry County maintenance facility for DOT operations, Poore said. She worked with the agency from August 1982 until her resignation on Jan. 12.