Former library employee accused of stealing over $1.3M in printer toner

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Now he’s in a jam!

A former Texas library employee has been accused of stealing $1.3 million in printer toner from his workplace over the course of nearly a dozen years, officials said.

Randall Whited, who worked in accounting at the Austin Public Library, allegedly misused the library’s credit cards to buy vastly more toner than the book hub required — then took the liquid gold home, stored in his garage and resold online, according to an audit report Monday.

Whited allegedly purchased at least $1.5 million worth of toner from October 2007 to July 2019 for the library, though the auditor’s office estimated that it would have only needed about $150,000-worth in that timeframe.

Investigators uncovered spreadsheets detailing information about where the toner was being resold — as well as security footage of Whited taking boxes of toner on several occasions from the library to the parking garage.

“Austin Public Library (APL) staff said Whited claimed he regularly delivered items to other APL branches,” the report said. “However, APL has other staff who are responsible for delivering items between library branches.”

Whited was also accused of putting up to putting at least $18,000-worth of personal items on library credit cards — including virtual reality headsets, robotic vacuums and a drone.

The auditor’s office said Whited got away with the alleged spending sprees because the library “did not have proper procedures in place for using City credit cards and did not always follow established procedures.”

Whited — who resigned in July 2019 over an unrelated issue — has not responded to attempts to contact him about the findings of the investigation, the office said.

“We also referred these issues to the Austin Police Department, due to the potentially criminal nature of Whited’s actions,” the city auditor’s office said.