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Conway Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Avis Davis, age 48, of Conway, South Carolina, pled guilty last week in federal court in Florence, to mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Davis applied for unemployment insurance payments with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) even though he was working. As a result of the false claims made by Davis he was paid benefits from January 2008 until May 2011. At the time the fraud was discovered, Davis had been paid $18,764.00 by SCDEW and $7,425.00 by the United States Department of Labor, which she was not entitled to.
Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Davis can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor OIG and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.

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