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      Ex-DSS finance chief sentenced for fraud

      The former finance director of South Carolina's social services agency has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in a scheme authorities say defrauded the department of more than $5 million.

      Paul Timothy Moore was sentenced Monday in federal court in Columbia.

      Moore pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and theft of government funds. Authorities say 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. Prosecutors say Moore got some of the strippers to cash checks for him, but didn't ask them to turn the money over to him.

      Several dozen people have been accused of helping Moore embezzle the money.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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