A Columbia man has pleaded guilty and another was sentenced this week for their roles in a Department of Social Services embezzlement scheme.
Gene Washington, 36, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of government property for his role in the check-cashing scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He is awaiting sentencing. The maximum possible penalty is 10 years and a fine of $250,000.
Herbert McKie Jr., 28 also of Columbia, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, officials said, noting McKie pleaded guilty in April for cashing four DSS checks totaling about $30,000.
To date, 52 people have been charged in the scheme.