The former general manager of a prominent Columbia law firm specializing in bankruptcy has been indicted by a Richland County grand jury on charges of embezzling from the firm.
While working at Moss & Associates Attorneys, Michael J. Moses Jr., 36, of Chapin, pilfered $909,130 from 2015 to 2017, according to a warrant in the case. Moses is charged with breach of trust.
Moses’s attorney, John Meadors of Columbia, said, “My client denies any wrongdoing.”
Meadors declined further comment.
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At Moss & Associates’ Columbia office, Moses was general manager “in charge of the finances of the company and had authorization to disperse funds from the business account to venders associated with the company,” the warrant said. “The defendant was writing checks to himself without authorization from the company owner and receiving the funds for his personal gain.”
Moss & Associates, which also has offices in Charleston and Greenville, bills itself as “South Carolina’s largest bankruptcy filer.” One of its specialties is helping clients whose homes are being threatened with foreclosure, the firm’s internet site says.
In a statement, the law firm said, “No money from trust accounts was involved. Fortunately in 2017, we have been able to add 14 new employees, which has enabled us to have additional safeguards. Systematic measures of prevention have been added to be sure this never happens again.”