Ex-safety officer charged with theft


A former Medical University of South Carolina public safety officer is accused of stealing about $200,000 worth of school property and then auctioning it off on eBay for a hefty profit, authorities said.

State Law Enforcement Division agents charged officer Michael Brian Oldham on Thursday with misconduct in office, grand larceny and third-degree burglary. He remained in the Charleston County jail Friday with bail set at $30,000,

according to court records.

The thefts occurred between Sept. 9 and June 6, SLED stated.

Oldham, 42, of Charleston, is accused of using his work ID and keys to gain unauthorized access to several medical facilities while on the job. He reportedly used that access to steal MUSC property, which was then sold on the Internet for a "substantially large monetary profit," according to affidavits.

The stolen items included microscopic eyepiece lenses and a wireless lapel microphone, according to Jennifer Timmons, SLED's communications director. Some of the booty was sold through eBay, netting more than $65,000, she said.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by SLED and MUSC's Public Safety Department. MUSC issued the following statement on the arrest:

"An employee in the MUSC Public Safety Office was dismissed from his position on Monday, June 8 after an internal affairs investigation and the launch of a subsequent SLED investigation. It is standard for MUSC not to comment on ongoing investigations or criminal proceedings."

Maggie Diebolt, an MUSC spokeswoman, declined to answer further questions, including how long Oldham had been employed by the Public Safety Department.