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May 22nd 2020

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — May 21, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is joining a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general urging Congress to pass S.3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. The Act would permit the families of first responders, who die or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of COVID-19, to receive the same federal benefits extended to first responders, or their survivors, otherwise killed or injured in the line of duty. Sadly, several South Carolina law enforcement officers have already succumbed to the novel coronavirus. Current federal law would only allow survivors access to…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 20, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of David Taylor Hawkins, 25, of Gaston, SC, on three 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. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.   Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Hawkins. Investigators state Hawkins encouraged a minor victim to produce…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 20, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Phillip Joseph Byrne, 61, of Myrtle Beach, SC, on six charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member 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 Byrne. Investigators state Byrne distributed multiple files of child pornography….

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 19, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Dale Alan Smith, 62, of York, SC, on 12 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 a member 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 Smith. Investigators state Smith distributed and possessed files of child…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 19, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, today announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers with even more relief in additional deficiency waivers expected. The settlement resolves allegations that Santander violated consumer protection laws by exposing subprime consumers to unnecessarily high levels of risk and knowingly placing these consumers into auto loans with a high probability of default. “Santander’s misleading lending practices exposed South Carolina borrowers to unnecessary…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C) – May 18, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined 14 other state attorneys general in filing a brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the Michael Flynn case. The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to dismiss charges against General Flynn yet the Court has requested “friend of the court” briefs “to present arguments in opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss.” Attorney General Wilson said, “The important point in this case is not General Flynn specifically but it’s about upholding the Constitutional separation of powers. The legislative branch…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 15, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of William Holt Preston, 32, of Taylors, SC, on five charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. ICAC investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.     Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Preston. Investigators state Preston engaged in criminal sexual conduct…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 15, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of William Dean Tedder,  36, of Dillon, SC, on 10 charges connected to the sexual exploitation of minors. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Dillon Police Department assisted with this investigation.   Investigators state Tedder possessed multiple files of child pornography.     Tedder was arrested on May 13, 2020. He is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410), a felony offense punishable by up to…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – May 14, 2020 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that the South Carolina State Grand Jury today issued an indictment against former Florence County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mark Edward Fuleihan. Fuleihan, 48, had served as a Florence County Sheriff’s Deputy since 1995, and had been arrested on April 2, 2020 by SLED and HSI agents at the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on a State Grand Jury arrest warrant. Florence County Interim Sheriff William Barnes had dismissed Fuleihan from his position prior to his arrest. The investigation into Fuleihan began with a request from the Florence County…

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