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Feb 19th 2017

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    (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that restitution totaling $273,583.50 has been ordered in in South Carolina from food stamp fraud cases in 2016. During 2016, 70 individuals were convicted state-wide for food stamp fraud with $273,583.50 in restitution ordered to the Department of Social Services (DSS) related to these convictions. Over the course of the year, $150,748.59 was collected in restitution either through the probation system or by payments made directly to DSS. These results stem from the second year of a partnership targeting abuse of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known has food stamps….

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    Tuesday, February 7, 2017 is Safer Internet Day. Be smart online, and together we can create a better, safer Internet. For more information, visit www.saferinternetday.us.   Safer Internet Day 2017 from Alan Wilson on Vimeo.

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      News Release  Attorney General Wilson Joins 20-State Coalition Urging Senate Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to Supreme Court   (COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined a 20-state coalition in urging Senate leaders to confirm the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The coalition expressed its support in a Wednesday afternoon letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Patrick Leahy. The letter urges the Senate, including Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham, to confirm Judge Gorsuch without delay. “Judge…

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    The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office offers an internship program for students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited academic institution. Interns will have an opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the Office while conducting research, providing administrative support, and attending court hearings, depositions, or trials as schedules permit. Interns must work  at least 15 hours but no more than 25 hours per week. Law students seeking internship opportunities should apply through the Law Clerk Program. Application Process: The Office will accept applications from February 1, 2017, until 5:00 pm on February 28, 2017. No applications will be…

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      (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced the release of the 2016 Human Trafficking Task Force Annual Report. Each year, the annual report details data and successes from the previous year, and outlines goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Some of the 2016 findings include: In 2016, there were 50 charges of Trafficking in Persons closed in the State courts. Of the 50 cases, 36 of those charges involved victims under the age of 18 years of age. Currently, 28 charges are pending in the State courts with 22 involving minor victims. The report is produced annually…

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RECENT NEWS

  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, today asked President-elect Donald Trump for his assistance to ensure the current administration does not relocate detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their states. In a letter to Trump, the attorneys general request that he “raise this issue personally with President Obama and procure his commitment that the outgoing administration will not seek to close Guantanamo or transfer any current detainees to our homeland.” In November 2015, Attorney General Coffman, Attorney General Schmidt and Attorney General Wilson wrote to…

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  • Columbia Man Pleads Guilty in Human Trafficking Case   (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that Trevonta Matthews (DOB: 1992) pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a human trafficking case. Matthews of Columbia pleaded guilty on Nov. 1, 2016 to one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, four counts human trafficking and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Honorable DeAndrea Benjamin sentenced Matthews to 17 years in prison. Once released, Matthews must register as a sex offender. Matthews was indicted by the State Grand Jury on Dec. 9, 2015. On Sept. 10, 2014,…

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  • BY: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson As seen in the Greenville News In South Carolina right now, there are 14,392 registered sex offenders. The sad reality is that these predators are in our state, our cities and even our neighborhoods. As parents, we try to do everything we can to protect our children. However, with the abundance of technology available, predators can reach our children without us ever seeing a warning sign. It’s often hard to believe that heinous crimes such as human trafficking and domestic violence are happening right here in South Carolina, but it’s true. At the…

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  • South Carolina’s price gouging statute is in full effect upon notice that Governor Haley issued an executive order declaring state of emergency. Pursuant to state law, price gouging constitutes a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice. The price gouging law (SC 39-5-145) is a general prohibition of unconscionable prices during times of disaster. It is in effect for the duration of the state of emergency. Price gougers can be charged for excessive pricing, a misdemeanor offense punishable with a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in jail. Please report all suspected instances of price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office: Email: pricegouging@scag.gov…

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