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Drug charges filed against school board member and companion

When South Carolina residents face accusations of drug crimes, the consequences can be serious. However, not all drug charges lead to time behind bars. With competent legal counsel, and depending on the nature of the allegations, other options such as pre-trial intervention may be explored. This intervention program can clear an accused person's record of drug offenses upon completion of community service, fee payments and counseling.

Not all cases qualify for alternative penalty programs. Two individuals were recently arrested on drug charges, and they may want to explore their defense options. Deputies in Lancaster reportedly noticed an erratic driver and pulled him off the road. They claim to have seen white powder in a metal tray along with an open beer bottle. This led to a search of the vehicle and the seizure of 24 grams of methamphetamine, almost 4 grams of what they suspected could be marijuana, other drug paraphernalia and a loaded shotgun.

South Carolina financial adviser sentenced for wire fraud

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina reported that a 56-year-old Spartanburg man would serve two years federal incarceration. This followed an indictment of five counts of wire fraud. Upon his release from prison, he will serve a further three years on supervised release. He was accused of running a type of Ponzi scheme in which he defrauded his clients of more than $3 million.

According to court documents, the man was employed as a financial adviser by one company between 1997 and 2008, and then by another company until 2013. During this time he apparently established a bogus company and convinced clients to invest in it. An Acting U.S. Attorney said the man kept his clients in the dark by creating false financial statements and paying them occasional amounts that he called profits.

Internet crimes: Indictment for sales of bogus pet medications

A couple in South Carolina was recently indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and distributing animal products that were misbranded. These were all internet crimes that the couple allegedly committed through two websites that they used to market pet medicines in violation of federal law. The products were not approved for sale in the U.S.

The couple allegedly imported multiple different medicinal products for pets that were not approved for distribution in America. They marketed and distributed the goods to pet owners in South Carolina and other states through their websites. Some of the medicines require prescriptions by veterinarians. Further allegations show that the two defendants repacked the branded products in their own packages before sending it to consumers.

Federal grand jury indicts inmate alleging drug crimes

Accusations of continuing his criminal activities while he was behind bars were made against a 28-year-old inmate of a correctional institution in South Carolina. He is one of 15 prisoners who were indicted on alleged drug crimes by a federal grand jury last month. This is certainly not an enviable position in which to be, and the accused man will likely be considering his defense options at this time.

Court documents indicate that the man was part of a conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine from behind bars. To do this, he allegedly took advantage of his access to cellphones. Accusations include his participation in the brokering and management of distribution and delivery of illegal substances. Further allegations include the use of the U.S. Mail service to get the drugs to distributors and runners across several states.

Alleged DUI driver accused of leaving fatal accident scene

Facing criminal charges is never an enviable position in which to be. The consequences of a conviction on felony charges such as DUI can be severe, and if a fatal accident resulted, the penalties will be even more severe. However, before any conviction can take place in a South Carolina court, the prosecution must prove an accused person's guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

A 31-year-old Conway man is facing charges of felony DUI after he was allegedly responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident. The incident reportedly occurred on Highway 544 in Conway shortly after midnight on a recent Saturday morning. A 19-year-old man from another state was struck as he was attempting to cross the highway.

Online activities that can lead to internet crimes charges

South Carolina residents may be accused of crimes they were not even aware of committing. In this age of advanced computer technology and nearly unlimited access to the internet, people may consider what they are doing as normal and harmless while, in fact, they may be busy unknowingly committing internet crimes. While identity theft is known to be criminal, it may be beneficial to be aware of other actions that can bring about arrests and criminal charges.

The threat of a stalker in real life involves that person's constant presence, intimidation and harassment, but this also happens online. A cyber stalker can do the same through electronic communications, such as texts and emails. It is also unlawful to threaten anybody with violence or other criminal threats through social media sites, emails, text messages or by using any electronic device. Even an idle threat made in a moment of anger can land a person behind bars.

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.

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