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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.

7 indicted on fraud charges in South Carolina

In South Carolina -- as in other states -- there are some requirements for minority participation in publicly funded projects. However, there have been several cases in recent years in which construction company owners were prosecuted for taking advantage of opportunities to enrich themselves by using minority businesses as fronts. Federal prosecutors recently indicted a group of people in the construction industry in South Carolina on allegations of this type of fraud.

It is alleged that the group of seven executives and associates set up bogus minority and disadvantaged companies which they operated with the intention of winning government contracts. It is also claimed that the government contracts the group secured since 2002 brought them about $350 million in state money. Furthermore, it is alleged that further fraud was committed when the group solicited existing minority companies owned by women, veterans and others to assist in their fraudulent endeavors.

Mother accused of DUI driving with kids in car

Driving while intoxicated can have serious consequences. When a South Carolina driver is suspected of drunk driving while there are children in the vehicle, the potential penalties can be even more severe. A woman from Greenwood will likely be seeking the support of a criminal defense attorney after her recent arrest on DUI charges.

An accident report indicates that the woman crashed her car into a curb on a Greenwood street on a recent Sunday. A police officer who saw the wreck reportedly stopped to check on the woman. He says she appeared to be unsteady and smelled of alcohol. The police also reported that there were two young children in the car.

Magistrate's office employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

White collar crimes do not necessarily involve large amounts of money. In a case in which a South Carolina woman recently pleaded guilty to embezzlement of public funds, the amount of money involved was no more than $2,300. Of this figure, a portion was recovered -- leaving the woman with $1,395 to pay in restitution.

The 45-year-old was an employee of a magistrate's office since 2003, during which time she reportedly mostly dealt with traffic fines. She pleaded guilty to altering court documents from June 2014 through March 2015 to direct funds to herself for personal use. The investigation followed a request by the sheriff's office and the chief magistrate of Oconee County.

Carolina woman convicted of health care fraud

Following a prior conviction of 12 people in connection with fraudulent Medicaid claims, three more were recently convicted in a federal court. One of them is a 48-year-old Charlotte resident who prosecutors reported to be the leader of the conspiracy that involved $10 million in health care fraud. The others were two 38-year-old individuals -- both from South Carolina -- one was convicted, and one pleaded guilty to health care fraud conspiracy.

Court documents indicate that the scheme was carried out from October 2012 through August 2013. Prosecutors say the lead conspirator directed her accomplices to create documents to support fake claims to be filed with Medicaid. The claims were for mental health diagnoses, treatment plans, and therapy services -- none of which were carried out. The personal information of Medicaid recipients was fraudulently used, leading to additional charges of identity theft.

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