Another Columbia resident has been sentenced in the Department of Social Services check cashing scheme.
Sandra Denease "Neecy" Smith, 46, received 27 months in prison for cashing five DSS checks worth $35,000, U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins' office reported. Smith is one of 52 people who have been charged for cashing DSS checks for $7,000 and returning a portion of the money to the former DSS finance director.
In October, Paul Timothy Moore, the former DSS finance director, pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme to embezzle $5.2 million from the government. He is awaiting sentencing.
Wilkins expects additional arrests, saying it appears that more than 350 may have been involved.
- Noelle Phillips