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Sep 21st 2018

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Sept. 21, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that the rate decrease for SCE&G customers passed by the state legislature will now continue. Today, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied SCE&G’s motion to stop the rate decrease while a court battle over it continues. The Court also denied SCE&G’s request to speed-up that lawsuit, denied the company’s request to dismiss it, and allowed Attorney General Wilson to file friend-of-the-court briefs in the case. “This is another big win for SCE&G ratepayers,” Attorney General Wilson said. “We’ve argued that customers should not have to…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – Sept. 20, 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 Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. On September 20, 2018, the State Grand Jury charged suspended Fifth Circuit Solicitor Daniel Edward Johnson with Misconduct in Office. The State Grand Jury also charged Daniel Edward Johnson and Nicole H. Holland with Embezzlement of Public Funds. The Misconduct in Office charge alleges that in 2017 JOHNSON willfully and dishonestly failed to properly and faithfully discharge his duties as the Fifth…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – September 17, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Heaven Fran’Tesha Kieonna Johnson, 19, Jordan O’Neil Frierson, 18, and Antonio Debree Jackson, 21, all of Sumter, South Carolina, and Michael Raheim Lucas, 21, of Gable, South Carolina entered pleas of guilty on September 5, 2018 on insurance fraud charges. Johnson and Frierson each pleaded guilty to one count of Making a False Statement or Misrepresentation $1,000 – $10,000.  Jackson and Lucas both pleaded guilty to one count of Presenting a False Claim for Payment Less than $2,000.   The Honorable George M. McFaddin, Jr. accepted…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – September 17, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces that Timothy Hicks, 51, of Lamar, South Carolina, entered a plea of guilty on September 10, 2018 on an insurance fraud charge. Hicks pleaded guilty to one count of Presenting a False Claim for Payment $2,000 – $10,000. The Honorable Paul M. Burch accepted the plea and sentenced Hicks to five years in prison on his charge.  That sentence is suspended to two years of probation. “Our team is working hard to fight insurance fraud,” said Attorney General Wilson. “Regardless of what kind of insurance fraud…

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  • (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – September 17, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined 55 other state and territory attorneys general to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The attorneys general sent a letter earlier today to congressional leaders and the chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, urging lawmakers to vote to reauthorize VAWA before it expires this year. “The Violence Against Women Act has been a tremendous help to those of us who are working to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina,” Attorney General Wilson said. “We just announced millions in grants going…

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  • (COLUMBIA, SC) – Sept. 8, 2018 – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the state’s law against price gouging is now in effect, since Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency. “With the possibility that Tropical Storm Florence could make landfall in South Carolina, likely as a hurricane, our people have already started making preparations. We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging, and other commodities as defined by the statute. By our law, that’s a criminal violation…

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. – August 28, 2018 – Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia in filing a brief urging the United States Supreme Court to protect police from frivolous claims of false arrest. The brief urges the Court to overrule a lower court and hold that a police officer is not subject to a retaliatory-arrest suit when the officer had probable cause to make the arrest. The brief explains that a contrary ruling would constrain officers’ ability to protect the public, including through community policing. “Police officers have a hard…

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  • (Columbia, S.C.) – August 27, 2018 – The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General announces the launch of the Multi-County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force on Tuesday, August 28th at 10 AM. The Attorney General’s office, as the Chair of the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force, is supporting the regional task force co-chairs, the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Person and Aiken Public Safety Department. The meeting will be held at the Cumbee Center, 254 Beaufort Street NE, Aiken, SC. “As successful as the statewide Human Trafficking Task Force has been, I believe that to win this war…

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  • (SPARTANBURG, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announces the Spartanburg County Grand Jury has returned indictments against two men in connection with a decomposed body found at Family First Funeral Home in Spartanburg. Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings were indicted Friday, August 24, 2018, on separate counts of Desecration of Human Remains, violating S.C. Code Section 16-17-600 (A). The indictment alleges Meadows and Cummings failed to properly care for the victim’s body while operating Family First Funeral Home. The victim’s body was left unattended in a storage room for over three years. When recovered, the victim’s…

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