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.