COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The CEO of a nonprofit community mentoring program in Richland County has been indicted by a grand jury on five counts of perjury.
Patricia Ford is accused of reporting false information on reports to the Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant while working as CEO of the Second Chance Afterschool Learning Environment.
According to the indictment, Ford is accused of reporting that she spent $5,000 for entertainment in June 2014 and attached a copy of a cashier's check for $4,000 made out to Rickie McDuffie and Family for entertainment. The indictment says that check was not delivered and she later deposited it back into the SCALE account.
The indictment says in Dec 2014, in a mid-year report for hospitality tax, Ford reported $15K was paid for entertainment to Rogers Redding and Associates and attached a copy of the cashier's check for the amount. However, the full $15K was refunded by Rogers Redding in Sept 2014 and it was redeposited in the SCALE account. Ford still claimed she paid the group for entertainment.
In the same 2014 report, Ford said $1,656 of funds were paid for lodging at Baymont Inn. In Oct 2014, that money was given back to SCALE as "group cancellation refund" and the money was redeposited in the SCALE account. The indictment says Ford claimed the funds were spent for lodging.
Two other counts are related to a similar process.
According to its website, Second Chance Afterschool Learning Environment is a community development mentorship program for kids in rural Richland County.