COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The former finance director of South Carolina's social services agency has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a scheme authorities say defrauded the department of more than $5 million.
U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour said Monday that Paul Timothy Moore's assistance to prosecutors was not enough to reduce his sentence, as both the government and defense attorneys had requested.
Moore pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and theft of government funds.
Authorities say the 61-year-old Moore wrote checks and got others to cash them. They kept some of the money and gave the rest to Moore, who has said he spent the cash on alcohol, gambling and strippers.
Several dozen people have been accused of helping Moore embezzle the money.