COLUMBIA -- A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in jail for her role in defrauding the state's social services agency of $5.2 million.
U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins said Wednesday that 41-year-old Nova Kathleen Johnson of Columbia received a 35-month prison sentence, five months after pleading guilty to theft of government property.
Prosecutors say she cashed four Department of Social Services checks totaling $30,000 and recruited others to cash more.
So far, 60 people are charged with helping former DSS finance director Paul Moore embezzle the money over 4 1/2 years. Authorities say he wrote checks and got others to cash them. They kept some of the money and gave the rest to Moore.
Moore pleaded guilty last month and is awaiting sentencing.