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South Carolina woman accused of credit card fraud

After a collaboration between several South Carolina law enforcement agencies, a 26-year-old woman who is suspected of stealing other people's credit card information was recently arrested outside a hotel in Richland County. She now faces 16 counts of credit card fraud, along with some charges for credit card theft in Kershaw County. Authorities said ongoing investigations in other cities and counties might result in additional charges being filed against the suspect.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office reports that complaints of fraudulent transactions on the debit cards of several people have been received from Safe Federal Credit Union and Mid-Carolina over several months. Allegedly, the woman illegally obtained credit card information from consumers in South Carolina and used it for purchases made both locally and in other states. By gathering information from surveillance material and social media sites, investigators managed to identify the woman who became the primary suspect.

Headlight violation leads to several drug charges

It is important for South Carolina residents to know their legal rights when they are pulled over during a traffic stop. If any drug charges follow such a stop, the accused driver has the right to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate on his or her behalf. A Georgetown resident was recently stopped for a headlight violation and ended up behind bars.

According to a report by the Georgetown Police Department, the car with one dead headlight was pulled over. During the conversation with the driver, officers claim to have noticed the smell of marijuana around the car, and when asking the driver about it, he apparently admitted smoking marijuana in the car earlier in the day. Police say the driver denied having any other illegal substances in the car. However, they claim a narcotics K9-unit examined the car and indicated the possible presence of more contraband.

Bond revoked after alleged repeat driving under the influence

A South Carolina judge recently revoked the bond of a driver who was found driving while impaired for the second time within a few months. Reportedly, the driver was on bond after being arrested for allegedly driving away from an accident that he caused. It was further alleged that he was driving under the influence at the time of that accident.

In August, the 64-year-old Hilton Head Island resident allegedly caused the death of a 66-year-old man. The victim was stuck while he was cycling on the island. After the driver was located, he was charged with DUI-related felony charges. He was released on a bond of $50,000.

Alleged internet solicitation of a minor leads to criminal charge

A 59-year-old South Carolina man is facing charges related to the kidnapping of a teenager. It is alleged that he was involved in the internet solicitation of a minor after police received a telephone call from a girl reporting that she was being held against her will. The initial charge against the man was contributing to a minor's delinquency, but a warrant for kidnapping has since been added.

According to investigators, the girl ran away from the home of her parents in another state. The arrest warrant alleges that the accused man encouraged and assisted the girl in leaving her parental home. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the teenager and the accused man met online. It is also alleged that he drove to her state to collect the girl before bringing her back to South Carolina.

White collar crimes: Employee accused of forgery and conspiracy

A 45-year-old South Carolina man who is employed as a codes enforcement officer by the city of Greenville is facing conspiracy charges. Sometimes, financial difficulties can cause employees in trusted positions to commit white collar crimes that could have devastating consequences. This man is accused of forging special event permits in exchange for payments.

Reportedly, an investigation was initiated when the office of the sheriff was informed that a fundraiser was scheduled to be held at an event center on Cedar Lane Road. Knowing that permission for events at which alcohol is served had been denied previously, investigators proceeded to the venue. Upon arrival, the venue's owner presented investigators with a special event permit that was issued in the name of Fire Fighters United Inc.

WMBF news anchor Michael Maely arrested for alleged drunk driving

Regardless of one's standing in the community, the same laws apply to all in South Carolina. The consequences can be devastating if a conviction is obtained. Michael Maely, the lead anchor for the evening news on WMBF, is facing drunk driving charges after his recent arrest.

Myrtle Beach police reported that Maely was driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed on the U.S. Highway 17 bypass on a recent Saturday morning. It is alleged that his vehicle was clocked at 96 mph. This was said to be in a zone in which the speed limit is 55 mph.

Students suspected of selling marijuana-laced brownies

Two high school students in South Carolina are spending time in a juvenile detention center while waiting to learn what charges will be filed against them. According to a spokesperson for the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, the two girls are suspected of selling brownies on school grounds that were allegedly laced with marijuana. Investigators reportedly interviewed the girls, but charges are still pending.

The brownies were sent to be tested by a forensic laboratory to determine whether the cookies contained marijuana and/or any other illegal substances. The girls were suspended after their arrest, and the school reported that other students who bought the cookies might also be suspended. The brownies were sold at $6 apiece.

White collar crimes: Doctor faces charge of bank fraud and more

Residents of South Carolina may not realize that their legal rights start even before they are arrested. Any person who suspects that he or she is being investigated regarding accusations of white collar crimes is entitled to be proactive and seek legal counsel before formal charges are filed. A skilled attorney can prepare an individual for what to expect if an arrest takes place, and also focus on protecting the client's rights from the onset.

A physician who is employed by a healthcare facility in Florence was arrested on a recent Monday morning. The Florence Police Department claims that the doctor made a false statement to report his bank account had been compromised. The 62-year-old doctor is said to have informed the bank that a substantial amount of funds had been removed from his personal account by someone other than himself.

Drug crimes allegations leads to arrest of teacher's aide

It is not uncommon for the court of public opinion to convict people long before they have had the chance to defend themselves in a court of law. This was also the experience of a teacher's aide in South Carolina. After her arrest for alleged drug crimes, she was terminated from her employment with Greenville County Schools.

Reportedly, the woman was employed as a substitute teacher in 2010. In 2011, she started going to hospitals and student homes as a homebound teacher to teach children whose health prevents them from attending school. In August 2014, she was reportedly appointed to a teacher's aide position at a middle school.

Teacher needs DUI defense after allegedly knocking down officer

When a resident of South Carolina is accused of driving while impaired, the consequences of a conviction can be devastating. Moreover, if the accused person holds a responsible position in the community, even DUI accusations without a conviction can have a life-changing impact. It is not uncommon for the court of public opinion to find a person guilty of drunk driving before the accused individual has even had the opportunity to present a defense in a court of law.

A geometry teacher at a high school in North Charleston is likely experiencing such prejudice after her recent arrest on a DUI charge. Court records indicate that the 24-year-old teacher was traveling on Interstate 26 when she allegedly knocked down a 32-year-old police officer who was making a traffic stop. The officer was hospitalized for treatment of serious injuries.

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