Dozens of DSS check cashers do community service

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COLUMBIA — Dozens of people have entered a federal program allowing them to do community service as punishment for their roles in a scheme that defrauded South Carolina's social services agency of millions of dollars.

Federal prosecutors say eight more defendants were arraigned today on charges of theft of government property.

The Department of Social Services' former finance director is serving 10 years in prison for stealing more than $5 million from the agency. Authorities say Paul Moore and another man recruited hundreds of people to cash checks made out to them from agency funds. The recruits then cashed the checks, kept some money for themselves and returned the rest to Moore.

Prosecutors say 70 people are doing 100 hours each of community service and paying back their shares of the money.

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55 F-100 05/11/11 - 04:31 pm
They should have been jailed

They should have been jailed and also be forced to pay for their daily costs associated with their incarceration......and if they were receiving DSS checks legitimately, then those entitlements should be voided forever and a day going forwad.

Sweet son
Sweet son 05/11/11 - 05:45 pm
Everyone of them should have

Everyone of them should have gotten 10 years but figure the cost to house them and take care of their medical needs, etc. It is a no win situation for the taxpayers of SC. Wonder what type of "light weight" community service they will be doing.

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