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May 20th 2019

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 17, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Frederic George Schreyer, Jr. (age 57), of Johns Island, SC, and Brandon Hamilton Beiger (age 39), of Charleston, SC, on six charges each connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Charleston Police Department and Hanahan Police Department, all also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigations.   Investigators state both Schreyer and…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 17, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Nathaniel Blake Arguedas (age 20) and David M. Johnson (age 54), both of Clover, SC, on 27 total charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  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 and United States Secret Service, both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigations.   Investigators received CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which…

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  • (ATLANTA, GA) – May 17, 2019 – As part of its ongoing campaign to promote online safety for Internet users, Comcast today announced the latest phase of a joint effort between Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption initiative for low-income households, and three more State Attorneys General.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall join 17 other state chief law enforcement officers committed to better educating students, parents, and seniors about how to be safe on the Internet.  Since 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 16, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Robert M. Hochman, 42, of Groveland, Florida, entered a plea of guilty on May 9, 2019 on insurance fraud charges.  Hochman pleaded guilty to one count of Obtaining Property Under False Pretenses, $10,000 or More and Forgery no dollar amount.   The Honorable Thomas Russo accepted the plea and sentenced Hochman to five years in prison on the Obtaining charge and a concurrent term of three years on the Forgery charge, both of which were suspended to five years of probation. A special condition of his…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 12, 2019 – Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 44-state coalition led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in announcing a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition and unreasonably restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, also names 15 individual senior executive defendants at the heart of the conspiracy who were responsible for sales, marketing, pricing and operations. The drugs at issue account…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 8, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is asking the courts to reduce the legal fees requested by the lawyers for SCE&G ratepayers and instead give more money to the ratepayers. The response was filed in court late Tuesday.   Attorneys who represented SCE&G’s ratepayers have asked the Court for $63.5 million in contingency fees and costs for their lawsuit against SCANA over its failed nuclear reactors project. That lawsuit led to a $2.2 billion settlement that includes at least $115 million in refunds to SCE&G ratepayers.   In the filing, the attorney general says,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 7, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Norman Newton Winkles (age 50) of  Marietta, SC, and Robert Cintron (age 57) of Greenville, SC, on 10 charges each connected to the sexual exploitation of minors.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigations.   Investigators state Winkles distributed child pornography and both Winkles and Cintron possessed files of…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 7, 2019 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Matthew Robert Blackwell (age 21) of  Lexington, SC on one charge 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.   Investigators state Blackwell engaged in the production of child pornography.   Blackwell was arrested on April 20, 2019.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, first degree (§16-15-395), a felony offense punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.   The case…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 6, 2019 – Today, a coalition of 42 Attorneys General joined in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop the growing proliferation of illegal robocalls and spoofing.   In formal legal comments delivered to the FCC, the attorneys general urged the FCC to adopt its proposed rules on enforcement against caller ID spoofing on calls to the United States originating from overseas, while also addressing spoofing in text messaging and alternative voice services. These provisions are included in the FCC appropriations authorization bill also known as the RAY BAUM’S Act…

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