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Nov 16th 2018

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  – Nov. 16, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Brandon Lee Padgett (age 31) of  Saluda, SC, on five charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest.  Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and United States Secret Service, both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this arrest. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Padgett. Investigators state Padgett possessed multiple files of child…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 16, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Edward Everret House (age 61) of  Mt. Pleasant, SC, on five charges connected to the  sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Mount Pleasant Police Department made the arrest.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation.   Investigators state House distributed and possessed child pornography.     House was arrested on November 13, 2018.  He is charged with one count of sexual exploitation…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 16, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued an indictment alleging public corruption in Sumter County. On November 14, 2018, the State Grand Jury charged VIVIAN (LIBBY) CAMPBELL DUBOSE [DUBOSE] with three counts, alleging embezzlement and misconduct in office. Count #1, embezzlement, alleges that DUBOSE, while serving in her capacity as the Director of the Child Early Reading Development and Education Program for the Sumter County School District [SCSD], did purchase or cause to be purchased a variety of consumer-type goods and unlawfully converted at…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – Nov. 15, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued an indictment alleging money laundering and a crime related to money laundering. On November 14, 2018, the State Grand Jury charged Brantley D. Thomas, III with two counts – alleging money laundering and breach of trust with fraudulent intent [as a crime related to money laundering]. Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent [count #1] alleges that, sometime between March 12, 2017 and September 7, 2018 in Charleston County, while THOMAS was entrusted with taking cash deposits from…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – Nov. 15, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has again issued a new indictment related to allegations of corruption at the Berkeley County School District [BCSD].     On November 14, 2018, the State Grand Jury charged Brantley D. Thomas, III with six additional charges related to public corruption. The State Grand Jury charged Brantley D. Thomas, III, 62, [THOMAS] who was the long-time lead financial officer for BCSD. These new indictments encompass five new charges for embezzlement and one new charge of misconduct in office.  Previously,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 13, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Mark Steven Ehrnschwender (age 61) of Lake Wylie, 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 members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation.   Investigators state Ehrnschwender recorded nude minor victims without their knowledge or consent, and  distributed and possessed files of child pornography.     Ehrnschwender was arrested on November 12, 2018. He is charged…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 9, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that the owner of a counseling service has been sentenced to five years in prison for Medicaid fraud. Idris L. Talib, 38, owner of New Dominion Community Services, had offices in Anderson, Greenville, and Richland counties and was a provider under the South Carolina Medicaid Program. From September 2015 through December 2017, he submitted false claims to the Medicaid Program for counseling services that were not provided as claimed. Based on those false claims, Talib was paid $400,000 in Medicaid reimbursements. Talib pleaded guilty on April 26,…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 5, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has joined a multi-state coalition in a letter to Congressional leadership in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Over the past few months, ICE has endured calls for its abolishment, even though the breadth and depth of the agency’s efforts are critical to public safety. State attorneys general heavily rely on the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which ICE is under, for their assistance in investigating criminal trafficking and financial operations involving foreign entities. General Wilson’s office also works with HSI on many of the cyber-crime arrests of child…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Nov. 2, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of David Vanalstyne (age 41) of  Columbia, SC, on four charges connected to the exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.     Investigators state Vanalstyne engaged in sexually explicit communication with and traveled to meet someone he believed to be a minor.   Vanalstyne was arrested on October 23, 2018.  He is charged with two counts of attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor (§16-3-655); one count of criminal solicitation of a minor (§16-15-342), a…

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