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Fmr. DMV employee pleads guilty to stealing $300K
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A former Department of Motor Vehicles employee pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing over $300,000 in taxpayer money while working for the DMV.

Wendy Gaskins, 40, of West Columbia, pleaded guilty in federal court to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. Nettles said the maximum penalty Gaskins can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Gaskins was a Project Manager in the Capital Improvements Department of the DMV. Between February 2009 and June 2010, Nettles said she embezzled approximately $301,454.27 from the DMV, some of which was federal funding.

J. Creech Construction and Inspection was nominally a company controlled by Gaskins that supposedly performed work at DMV sites and was paid for such work. Gaskins held the position at the DMV that approved completed work by vendors, and she approved the Creech invoices.

Gaskins sent procurement paperwork to the DMV on behalf of Creech. She then used her state computer to generate invoices. The checks were sent to Creech through a UPS Store box controlled by Gaskins. Gaskins spent the money on home renovations and paying off her mortgage.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15320359/fmr-dmv-employee-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-300k

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