A West Columbia woman will spend the next 18 months in prison after being sentenced for her role in an embezzlement scheme at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
40-year-old Wendy Gaskins worked for the DMV as a Project Manager in the agency’s improvements division. Prosecutors say that between February 2009 and June of last year, she embezzled about $300,000 from the DMV, including some federal funding.
Gaskins controlled J. Creech Construction, which supposedly performed work at DMV sites and was paid for it. Prosecutors say that Gaskins was responsible for approving the contractors’ payments. They say she sent procurement paperwork to the DMV on behalf of Creech Construction and signed off on the Creech invoices she created. The checks were then mailed to a UPS Store box that Gaskins had.
The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that Gaskins was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $260,000 in restitution.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Law Enforcement Division cooperated in the investigation.