Ex-Horry County IT employee heads to prison in $345K computer theft scheme

Angelena Iglesia

A former Horry County technology employee will spend two years in federal prison after stealing computer equipment.

Terry Shawn Petrill, 48, of Myrtle Beach, pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds and was sentenced to two years in prison. He will also have to pay back more than $340,000 in restitution.

Federal officials say that between June 2015 and August 2018, Petrill ordered 41 computer network switches for Horry County. At that time, he was employed with the county.

A switch works similar to a home router and allows multiple computers to connect to the Internet.

The timetable of his crime coincided with various equipment being stolen from the Horry County IT Department, according to a police report, which states an IT worker learned of the missing items during an inventory.

Officials were mum after announcing the investigation and called in the FBI to assist.

Petrill told others he

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The Computer Professional Employee Exemption in California (2020)

Angelena Iglesia

To learn more about the minimum wage, see our Guide to California’s Minimum Wage Laws in 2020 and Beyond.↥

To learn more about California’s overtime law, see our article: The Ultimate Guide to California’s Overtime Wage Laws.↥

See, e.g., Cal. Code Regs., tit. 8, § 11040, subds. 3 [overtime], 4 [minimum wage], 5 [reporting time pay], 12 [rest periods]. Subdivison 1(A) of that wage order provides that subdivisions 3 to 12 “shall not apply to persons employed in administrative, executive, or professional capacities.”↥

29 U.S.C. § 213(a); Labor Code, § 515, subd. (a) [“The Industrial Welfare Commission may establish exemptions from the requirement that an overtime rate of compensation be paid pursuant to Sections 510 and 511 for executive, administrative, and professional employees . . . .”]; Cal. Code of Regs., tit. 8, § 11040, subd. (1)(A).↥

See, e.g., Sav-On Drug Stores, Inc. v. Superior Court (2004) 34 Cal.4th 319,

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