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Jan 18th 2019

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  – Jan. 18, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of John James Fread II (age 48) of  Easley, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.   Investigators state Fread distributed and possessed files of child pornography.     Fread was arrested on January 16, 2019.  He is charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 14, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Recardo Shane Jackson (age 27) of Rock Hill, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the York County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.   Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Jackson.  Investigators state Jackson  distributed multiple files of child pornography.    …

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 11, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that three men in the Upstate have pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and sentenced to prison. “Protecting our children from these predatory monsters is this office’s highest calling,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Our investigators and prosecutors gave it their best to assure justice was served.”   Michael G. Strother, represented by Teal Johnson, pleaded guilty on January 10, 2019, to one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 1st degree, in front of Judge McIntosh in Greenville County.  In April 2017, Special Investigator Kevin Atkins with…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 11, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Stephen Christopher Sisk (age 29) of  Anderson, SC, on 20 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Sisk was involved in a prior investigation which led to additional charges.  Investigators state Sisk possessed multiple files of child pornography.     Sisk was arrested on January 11, 2019.  He is charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 11, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Fernando Alexis Mejia Funes (age 20) of  New Carlton, MD on seven charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest, with the cooperative assistance of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Maryland State Police (members of the Maryland ICAC Task Force).   Investigators received a complaint from a Lexington resident which led them to Funes.  Investigators state Funes encouraged a minor victim to produce and send sexually…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 11, 2019 – On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force annual report for 2018. South Carolina was recently recognized by Shared Hope International as the most improved state in the nation in combatting human trafficking. Human trafficking is the second largest crime worldwide, behind drug trafficking and tied with arms dealing. It’s often referred to as modern day slavery and it poses massive human rights, public safety, and public health concerns across the nation, including in South Carolina. “Many people think human trafficking is something you…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – The Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement a number of policies to resolve an investigation with 43 states and the District of Columbia into the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores in the United States, Attorney General Alan Wilson said today. In January 2014, Neiman Marcus disclosed that payment card data collected at certain of its retail stores had been compromised by an unknown third party. The states’ investigation determined that approximately 370,000 payment cards – 1,309 of which were associated with South Carolina consumers –…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 7, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today filed a motion in federal court aimed at blocking planned seismic testing and offshore drilling along the South Carolina coast. The attorney general filed a motion to join a lawsuit against the federal government filed by 16 South Carolina cities and towns and the state Small Business Chamber of Commerce.   “Once again the federal government seeks to intrude upon the sovereignty of the state of South Carolina,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Such action puts our State’s economy, tourism and beautiful natural resources at risk. We are…

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  • Settlement will bring $493.7million in debt relief for CEC students (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Jan. 4, 2019 – For-profit education company Career Education Corp. (CEC) has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forgo collecting about $493.7million in debts owed by 179,529 students nationally, in a settlement with South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and 48 other attorneys general. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance filed Thursday caps a five-year investigation. “This company misled South Carolina students who were trying to better themselves and left them with debts they couldn’t pay because they were deceived about their chances of getting jobs,”…

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