Friday, January 16, 2009

Former South Carolina DSS Finance Director & 9 Others Charged In $5.5 Million Scam

Paul Timothy Moore, 61, of Columbia, South Carolina and the former finance director for the state Department of Social Services, along with 9 co-conspirators were charged today with theft of federal program funds, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in a scheme that defrauded the agency of some $5.5 million, according to prosecutors. The complaint alleges that Moore issued 761 checks between May 2004 and October 2008, in amounts of about $7,000 each to the co-conspirators who then split the proceeds with Moore. Others named in the complaint as conspirators include: Jonathon Moses, 42; Herbert McKie, 27, Aisha Leheva Crumpton, 23, Tyra L. Goodson, 36, Nova Kathleen Johnson, 40, and Sandra Denease Smith, 45, all of Columbia; and Gwendolyn Robinson, 41, Ortyse S. Mazone, 37, and Calandra Fabary Thomas, 38, all of Aiken, S.C.

Read the story here, here and here.

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