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Jun 19th 2018

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – June 19, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Lynette Lide, 43, of Timmonsville, South Carolina, entered a plea of guilty on June 15, 2018 on insurance fraud charges. Lide pleaded guilty to one count of Presenting a False Claim for Payment Between $2,000 – $10,000 and one count of Presenting a False Claim for Payment Greater Than $10,000. The Honorable Thomas A. Russo accepted the plea and sentenced Lide to one year in prison on the charges. Lide also pleaded guilty to two additional charges of Shoplifting and Escape and was sentenced to 18…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – June 12, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested 48 suspected child sex offenders in South Carolina as part of Operation Broken Heart. “Internet predators continue to find new and innovative ways to prey upon our children and South Carolina is no exception,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “We must continue to expand our efforts to not only investigate and prosecute these crimes, but educate parents and youth on how they can be more vigilant and safe using technology.”   The three-month national operation was conducted during the months…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – June 7, 2018 – A federal judge has blocked the proposed shutdown of the MOX Project at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County. Judge Michelle Childs sided with Attorney General Alan Wilson’s argument that allowing the project to be shut down would irreparably harm the state. The state argued in federal court on Tuesday that shutting down the project would doom the state to being the nation’s permanent dumping ground for plutonium since there is no other disposal method approved by Congress. The MOX Project will turn weapons-grade plutonium into mixed oxide fuel to be used in…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – June 6, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson and the attorneys general of 10 other states today asked a federal court to block an Obama-era rule they say will hurt states and their landowners. The states are asking for a preliminary injunction against the 2015 Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that expands federal control over private land. The states are trying to stop the rule permanently but are asking for a preliminary injunction to keep it from being put into place while the lawsuit is pending. The motion states that if the 2015 WOTUS Rule…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – June 1, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson told the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force Friday that the state has new tools to help fight the crime. The state legislature strengthened state laws against human trafficking, at the urging of the Attorney General’s Office. One law created a 30-year non-parolable offense for trafficking in minors. Lawmakers also changed the wording of the law against human trafficking to make it easier to prosecute the buyers of trafficking victims under the human trafficking law. South Carolina Legal Services also has a first for the state: a full-time attorney who…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 25, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson today filed a motion in federal court asking for an injunction to stop the U.S. Department of Energy from shutting down the mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, project being built at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. “MOX is another example of a long and tortured history of promises broken by the federal government,” Attorney General Wilson said. According to a memorandum in support of a preliminary injunction, for more than 20 years, the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration have recommended that the U.S. dispose of…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 25, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that his Medicaid Recipient Fraud division has recovered just under $65,000 in Medicaid benefits from a recipient in Aiken County who fraudulently got those benefits. This was not a conviction in court so we cannot name the recipient, due to privacy restrictions. The recipient got the Medicaid benefits over several years and, after our investigation, agreed to repay $64,900.23, which the Attorney General’s Office received May 24th. “This is a victory for taxpayers, who are happy to help their neighbors in need but certainly don’t want their tax money…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 22, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson sent a letter today to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry giving him notice the state intends to file a lawsuit against the United States, the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and their respective officers in their official capacities, to challenge Secretary Perry’s certification to terminate the MOX (Mixed Oxide) Project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The purpose of the MOX plant is to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors. In his letter, Attorney General Wilson says, “South Carolina is disappointed…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – May 22, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Brittany Michelle Furubotten, 33, of Swansea, South Carolina, entered guilty pleas to one count of Burglary, 2nd degree (Violent), one count of Burglary, 2nd degree (Non-violent), and five counts of Forgery, value less than $10,000. The Honorable R. Lawton McIntosh accepted the plea and sentenced Furubotten to 12 years on the Burglary 2nd (Violent), 10 years on the Burglary 2nd(Non-violent), and 5 years on each of the Forgery charges, with all of the sentences to run concurrently. Additionally, as a result of her guilty plea, she…

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