Officials in the US Attorney’s office say that even more arrests are expected in the case of the DSS embezzlement scheme, where $5.2 million was taken from the state agency. Former Department of Social Services Finance Director Paul Timothy Moore pleaded October 29th to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and theft of government property.
So far 39 people have pleaded guilty in the case and 13 are awaiting trial. Fifteen people have so far been sentenced, including Jonathon Moses, who was sentenced to 96 months in prison in September for acting as the person who recruited people to cash government checks. The checks were usually around $7000 each, which was split with the check cashing recruits.
Assistant US Attorney Kevin McDonald says to date 52 people have been charged in the case, but more than 350 may have been involved, because the scheme went on and on, as Moore asked Moses to recruit more check cashers, who in turn recruited other cashers themselves. The scheme continued from May 2004 through October 2008.
“The US Secret Service along with SLED agents are locating more individuals who cashed these checks,” said McDonald. “We anticipate more arrests and more indictments.”
If you have any information about the DSS case, contact The Secret Service in Columbia.