- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - The head of a now-defunct Anderson County nonprofit has pleaded guilty to conspiring to pocket money meant to help the poor.

The Anderson Independent-Mail (http://bit.ly/2bXE323 ) reports that 40-year-old Erick Bradshaw Sr. was the executive director for Fresh Start, an organization that received money from the state to repair houses for low-income county residents.

Bradshaw pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy after he and Augustina Cabral-Rice, the organization’s housing services coordinator, were accused of lying about the work that was done and keeping some of the money for themselves.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Watkins Jr. says the co-defendants profited to the tune of more than $280,000.

In exchange for Bradshaw’s plea, federal prosecutors dropped money laundering charges against him.

Bradshaw could face at least five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com

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