Former state official arrested

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COLUMBIA — The former finance director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services was arrested today and charged with embezzling millions from the state agency, federal prosecutors said.

Paul Timothy Moore, 61, was charged with theft of federal program funds, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy for his role in an alleged scheme to embezzle $5.5 million from the agency, according to U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins.

Between May 2004 and October of last year, investigators say, Mr. Moore authorized more than 750 checks for thousands of dollars each to be cut from Social Services accounts. The checks were made payable to a list of individuals who agreed to cash the checks and split the proceeds, Mr. Wilkins said.

The man authorities say gave Mr. Moore the list, Jonathan Moses, has also been charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud, according to court records.

Mr. Wilkins identified eight others who have also been charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud, and arrest warrants are pending, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said.

If convicted on all counts, Mr. Moore faces up to 60 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Mr. Wilkins said other arrests are expected.

"Clearly many other people appear to be involved," he said. "I would also strongly encourage anyone who is involved to come forward; it would certainly be in their best interest."

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giwi
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giwi 01/15/09 - 04:06 pm
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Was the agency not audited

Was the agency not audited each year?

me too
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me too 01/15/09 - 04:50 pm
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Wow.

Wow.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/15/09 - 05:25 pm
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giwi, when was the last time

giwi, when was the last time you heard of a government agency's being audited by a disinterested, out-of-state private auditing firm? I can name two agencies so audited: the Cobb County BOE and the Richmond County BOE. And the Cobb County BOE actually solved at least one of the major problems their audit revealed.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/15/09 - 07:40 pm
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Well, I guess we know who

Well, I guess we know who Obama will be nominating to head up HUD now.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/15/09 - 07:41 pm
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Hey, come on, everyone does

Hey, come on, everyone does it. Maybe Mr. Moore was just exercising his rights as a government employee.

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sprintman 01/15/09 - 11:42 pm
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particiathomas no comment

particiathomas no comment about race when the white man steals your money huh.

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