Former WADC Director Charged with Fraud

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro woman was arrested last week by agents from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and charged with defrauding the state of more than $12,000.

Cynthia I. Fish, 55, of Jackson Creek Road, was arrested July 24. According to the arrest warrant, Fish, while employed as Director of the Winnsboro Active Day Center (WADC) at 219 N. Congress St., presented fraudulent invoices and other paperwork to the Central Midlands Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging for home care that she allegedly provided as a representative of WADC. However, the warrant continues, Fish collected, co-signed and cashed the checks, totaling approximately $12,440, and converted the funds into her own personal use.

The alleged fraud, the warrant states, took place between December 2008 and November 2012.

Fish was booked into the Fairfield County Detention Center on July 24 and released on a $5,000 surety bond later that same day. She was officially charged with breach/obtaining signature or property under false pretenses, value $10,000 or more. If convicted, Fish could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500 for the felony charge.