November 27, 2014

Disabilities contractor once hired by SC charged with fraud

A former contractor with South Carolina’s disabilities agency has been charged with breach of trust.

The State Law Enforcement Division said in an email that Edwina Jackson, 39, was arrested Wednesday. SLED warrants say that Jackson was CEO of New Beginnings Family Services. The Columbia nonprofit says on its website that it helps individuals living with development disabilities.

A SLED warrant states that the nonprofit began working with the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) in 2009 to provide and support employment services. New Beginnings received over $1 million from 2009 to 2012, according to the warrant. But SLED officials said DDSN auditors found invoices from the program’s operating account that showed what they believed to be payments to Jackson for personal expenses. The warrant does not say how much those payments were, but Jackson is charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent Value 10,000 or More.

She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, if convicted.