Fmr. Clemson City Finance Dir. accused of embezzlement

Tom Sparacino
Tom Sparacino

CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – The former finance director for the City of Clemson has been accused of embezzling $124,748, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Tom Alexander Sparacino is charged with one count of Embezzlement of public funds, value $10,000 or more.

SLED says the embezzlement happened between June 2011 and February 2017.

“It’s disturbing both because of the large amounts of money and the fact that it’s been going on for 6 years,” longtime Clemson resident, Alan Johnson said Tuesday night. “And that it’s evidently just coming to light now.”

Johnson told 7 News he’s lived in the city for about 18 years.

SLED’s investigation found that Sparacino used credit cards issued to him by the City of Clemson for purchases and charges of a personal nature and then used the city’s funds to pay off the balances.

SLED was told that another city employee discovered a suspicious amount of charges on credit cards issued to Sparacino.

The city hired an accounting firm to do an audit of Sparacino’s use of the credit cards and found that the purchases were personal in nature, according to the report.

SLED found that some of the charges included:

  • Vehicle repairs completed at Jaguar, Porsche and Volvo of Greenville for vehicles registered to Sparacino
  • Device and iTunes purchases from Apple
  • Merchandise purchases from Amazon
  • Monthly cellular service charges from AT&T and Verizon Wireless

“Something that holds that high of a spot should be acting with more prestige and acting better than that,” Patrick Dunne of Clemson told 7 News Tuesday evening.

Sparacino was released from jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

The City of Clemson says Sparacino retired a few months ago.