A Columbia man plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and theft of federal program funds in Federal Court yesterday. Jonathan Moses, 42, also plead guilty to a single count of money laundering. Moses was part of a scheme that attempted to embezzle $5.2 million from the Department of Social Services in South Carolina. Moses admitted to cashing six checks not meant for him and recruiting 15 others into the scheme. Those 15 recruited hundreds of others to cash additional checks. Moses is awaiting sentencing.
In February, former DSS Finance Director, Paul Moore, was indicted for using his position to authorize DSS checks issued to individuals whose names were provided by another conspirator. The amounts of the checks were approximately $7000 and the money was split between those involved. It is alleged that Moore had hundreds of checks issued between May of 2004 and October of 2008. He has been released from federal custody and is awaiting trial.