Savannah River Site scientist agrees to pay back fraudulent expenses

COLUMBIA. — A scientist at Savannah River Site has agreed to pay back more than $33,000 in expenses he fraudulently obtained from the government.

Authorities say George Goldston was a senior principal scientist at SRS and was claiming hotel expenses when he traveled there from his home in Mount Pleasant.

But federal prosecutors say Goldston was staying rent-free with his brother. When he was confronted about his expenses, authorities say Goldston produced post-dated fake rental checks and a fake rental agreement.

Goldston’s agreement with federal officials also requires him to pay penalties and other fees for a total of $58,000 in damages.

Prosecutors say they are aggressively going after anyone who falsely claims expenses from the federal government.

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