The 5th Circuit Solicitor’s office confirmed Wednesday it had forwarded an embezzlement case involving a former S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles worker to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution.
The suspect in the case is Wendy Gaskins, who was arrested by SLED in September and charged with embezzling $300,000 in state funds from the DMV.
The warrant alleges Gaskins opened a bank account, in which she deposited the funds, then withdrew them for her own use.
Gaskins already has given SLED a written confession, according to a warrant.
The U.S. Attorney’s office declined comment on the case Wednesday. No federal indictment has been issued.
A primary reason state prosecutors often turn cases over to federal authorities — if it’s found a federal law is being violated — is to ensure a fair sentence.
It was unknown late Wednesday what federal laws may have been broken.