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Attorney General Alan Wilson Announces Settlement with Western Union Over Wire Fraud Scams

Columbia, S.C. – Attorney General Alan Wilson has announced a $586 million dollar settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company “Western Union”. The settlement resolves a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and The Western Union Company “Western Union”, alleged that fraudsters were able to use Western Union’s money transfer system to get payments from their victims, even though the company was aware…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Announces Public Corruption Indictments

(COLUMBIA, SC) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that the South Carolina State Grand Jury has issued indictments related to allegations of corruption at the Berkeley County School District [BCSD]. The first indictment was issued October 17, 2017 ; another separate indictment was issued November 15, 2017 – both were unsealed yesterday. The State Grand Jury charged Brantley D. Thomas, III, 61, [THOMAS] who was the long-time lead financial officer for BCSD. The indictments encompass fifteen (15) charges, including fourteen (14) charges for embezzlement and one (1) charge of forgery. Embezzlement charges #1 and #2 allege that…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson, 12-State Coalition Files Brief to Protect Unborn Children

[COLUMBIA, S.C.] — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 12-state effort in defending the right of states to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a crucial argument to protect the lives of unborn children. The coalition’s brief leans upon a growing scientific consensus that a fetus is capable of experiencing pain at the 20-week threshold, if not before. “The right to life is a gift from God and is first among the unalienable rights listed in the Declaration of Independence. Governments are created to protect those rights,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Each state’s citizens should be free…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson joins letter protecting citizens’ right to self-defense

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is urging Congress to protect citizens’ right to self-defense by passing a law requiring every state to recognize the concealed weapon permits from all other states. “States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Attorney General Wilson said. “South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states.” Attorney General Wilson signed onto a letter with other states— author state…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Urges Supreme Court to Protect Prayer at Public Meetings

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)—South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and a coalition of 22 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings. The coalition intends to file a brief Wednesday asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments and confirm the constitutionality of the practice. Such a decision would clear confusion among the lower courts and strike down a ruling that impacts South Carolina. “Our Founding Fathers strongly supported legislative prayer by public bodies and deeply believed in Divine Guidance to support these bodies. Nothing in the Constitution prevents a respectful prayer led by…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson announces new program to help veterans, active duty, and Reserves

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today a new program to help veterans, active duty military, and members of the Reserves get free legal help. The program is called V.A.L.O.R., which stands for Veterans, Active/Reserve Legal OutReach. “The legal profession has always recognized it has a moral obligation to support those who defend the freedoms we treasure,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson, who’s also a Colonel in the SC National Guard and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “This new program will better connect veterans and members of the military with the legal help they need and may…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson files return on motion to appoint receiver in SCE&G case

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a legal response today agreeing that the Court should appoint a receiver to take charge of all the money collected in the future by SCE&G related to the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear Project. The receiver would also take custody of all bank accounts that contain money already collected for the project, including any payout from the Westinghouse/Toshiba settlement. The Attorney General’s filing is in response to a lawsuit filed by LeBrian Cleckley on behalf of himself and all SCE&G customers against the power company and the state of South Carolina….

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Attorney General Alan Wilson: States Ask to File New, Expanded Complaint in Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit

States allege broad, industry-wide understanding among numerous drug manufacturers to restrain competition and raise prices on 15 generic drugs; senior executives sued (Columbia, S.C.) — Attorney General Alan Wilson and 44 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry have asked the federal court for permission to file a new complaint in the states’ pending lawsuit that increases the number of generic drug manufacturer defendants from six to 18 in the case and the number of drugs at issue in the litigation from two to 15. For the first time, the…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson urges South Carolinians to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day tomorrow

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson urges South Carolinians who have prescription drugs they no longer need to properly dispose of them tomorrow during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. There will be thousands of locations nationwide where people can drop off their unused medications for proper disposal. Getting rid of unused prescription drugs helps address a serious public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study found that a majority of the people who abused prescription drugs got them from family…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson reaches $120 million settlement with GM over defective ignition switches

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today a $120 million settlement with General Motors Company (“GM”) over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and General Motors Company (“GM”), concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key- rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles. “This settlement will make all South Carolina drivers safer,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Even if you don’t…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging Opioid Mitigation Programs

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson has joined with a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the country in letters to 15 health care companies that provide pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services, encouraging the companies to implement programs to mitigate prescription opioid abuse. The attorneys general also sent a letter to the president and CEO of CVS Health Corporation applauding the company’s recent program that automatically enrolled all commercial, health plan, employer and Medicaid clients in an opioid abuse mitigation program. “The opioid epidemic involves everyone from patients to doctors to pharmaceutical companies to pharmacies and insurance companies,”…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson, 13 States Urge Senate to Rein In Unelected Bureaucracy

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a coalition of 13 state attorneys general in urging Congress to curb the authority of federal agencies to create and enforce regulations. The attorneys general wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the Senate to pass a bill that would amend the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), a statute which sets forth the requirements for lawful executive agency action. “Regulation by unelected bureaucrats cannot replace legislation by the people’s elected representatives,” Attorney General Wilson said. The letter states that the Obama-era executive overreach demonstrates that existing congressional, judicial and other…

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SC Victims’ Services Groups Awarded More Than $38 Million in Grants

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) –Groups that help crime victims across South Carolina are getting more than $38 million in federal and state grants. The Public Safety Coordinating Council formally approved the grants in September and the money started going out October 1st. The grants are distributed by the South Carolina Crime Victim Services Division, which was added to the Attorney General’s Office by state law earlier this year. It had been a part of the Department of Public Safety. There are three different types of grants: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants; and State Victim Assistance…

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Silent Witness Ceremony Honored 2016 Victims of Fatal Domestic Violence

(Columbia, SC) – Attorney General Alan Wilson led participants through the 20th annual Silent Witness Domestic Violence ceremony that was held today on the south steps of the State House in Columbia. During the solemn ceremony, Attorney General Wilson called the names of 34 women and five men from across the state who lost their lives as the result of domestic violence in the previous year. Victims’ family members, friends, or volunteers carried a life-sized silhouette representing the victim to the State House steps as a bell was rung for each victim. An additional 40th silhouette represented the potential unknown…

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39 Attorneys General Call on Congress to Change Federal Law to Make Drug Treatment More Affordable and Accessible

(Columbia, S.C.) – Today, Attorney General Alan Wilson, with a bipartisan coalition of 39 Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General, called on Congress to pass legislation that changes federal law to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible for Americans who most need it. HR 2938 is the “Road to Recovery” Act. Led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the coalition of Attorneys General sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, describing the national epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse and overdose deaths, and stating: “… [W]e…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson, 25-State Coalition Support Abolition of Job-Killing Waters Rule

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 25-state coalition in support of permanently rescinding language used in the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. The coalition filed its letter Wednesday as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing review of the WOTUS rule. It encourages the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to preserve the states’ role in protecting water resources by fully eliminating the Obama-era rule and enforcing pre-existing rules until more concise language can be adopted. “This rule is nothing but an unconstitutional federal land grab that will hurt businesses in South Carolina,”…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson, 7 States Support Laws Banning Sanctuary Cities

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) —South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a multistate coalition in supporting the right of individual states to prohibit sanctuary cities within their borders. Sanctuary jurisdictions — cities and localities that prohibit or otherwise obstruct cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement — defy the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of the tools necessary for effective civil and criminal enforcement. “I swore an oath to uphold the law when I took office and sanctuary cities scoff at the rule of law,” Attorney General Wilson said. Prohibiting sanctuary cities helps uphold federal immigration laws and…

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Attorney General Seeks Documents from Opioid Distributors

[COLUMBIA, S.C.] – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general seeks documents and information from distributors of prescription opioids as part of a multistate investigation into the nationwide opioid epidemic. This information will enable the attorneys general to evaluate whether distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids. There are 41 attorneys general participating in the multistate investigations. Nationwide and in South Carolina, opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in…

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SC Attorney General Wilson asks Equifax to disable fee-based monitoring, reimburse fees after breach

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)—South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 33 other states and the District of Columbia in urging credit reporting firm Equifax to stop pushing its own fee-based credit monitoring service after the massive data breach affecting 143 million people. In a letter to the company, they’re asking Equifax to disable links for enrollment in its fee-based monitoring. They’re also asking Equifax to reimburse consumers who incur fees to freeze their credit. The states launched an investigation as soon as Equifax publicly disclosed the breach September 7th. “We believe continuing to offer consumers…

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Attorney General Wilson releases PSA on price gouging

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Announces Price-Gouging Law in Effect

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) –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 Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, 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 and an unfair trade practice,” Wilson said….

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SC Attorney General joins Texas, other states, in dropping DACA lawsuit

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) –South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson applauded President Trump’s announcement today to uphold the Constitution and give Congress time to decide how best to handle so-called “Dreamers,” children and teens who were brought into this country illegally by their parents.   “This is a victory for the rule of law and the Constitution,” Wilson said. “The Constitution gives the power to pass laws to Congress, not the president. Now Congress can consider how best to address this issue.”   President Trump announced that he’s rescinding DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—but is giving Congress six months to pass a…

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Solicitor General Bob Cook honored for 40 years of service, awarded Order of the Palmetto

  South Carolina Solicitor General Bob Cook was honored Thursday with a surprise recognition to celebrate his 40 years of service to the state. Gov. Henry McMaster, a former attorney general who worked with him, awarded him The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor the state can bestow. Four of the five attorneys general with whom he worked attended: Alan Wilson, Henry McMaster, Charlie Condon, and Travis Medlock. The Solicitor General heads the Opinions Section. By statute, the Governor, members of the General Assembly, and other public officials are entitled to legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office. An…

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Attorneys General Ask Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law

(COLUMBIA, SC)  Attorney General Alan Wilson today joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. The simple word addition to the CDA proposed in this letter will help to ensure that citizens and children are effectively protected throughout the entire…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Sues Largest Opioid Manufacturer In Historic Lawsuit

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a historic lawsuit today against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs. The suit was filed in the Richland County Court of Common Pleas and alleges that Purdue unfairly and deceptively marketed opioids, which helped create and fuel South Carolina’s opioid epidemic. Opioids are prescription narcotics possessing properties similar to opium and heroin. While opioids can dampen pain, they also “can create an addictive euphoric high,” the complaint alleges. The lawsuit says Purdue violated South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, failed to comply with the terms of a…

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Attorney General asks SC Supreme Court to rehear case on domestic violence protection

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today filed for a rehearing with the state Supreme Court on its recent ruling in a case that removed domestic violence protections for couples who live together or did in the past.   The case, Jane Doe v. State, was brought by a woman who sued on equal protection grounds because the state’s domestic violence law does not include protection for same-sex couples. The Court agreed with her but threw out the entire section of the law, meaning same-sex and opposite-sex couples who live together, or did in the past, aren’t protected.   The…

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SC Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against U.S.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government to recover $100 million the U.S. Department of Energy owes the state for failing to meet its promise to remove one ton of plutonium from the Savannah River Site this year.   A case of such magnitude has never been filed by South Carolina against the federal government.   Congress mandated that the U.S. Department of Energy would pay South Carolina $1 million per day, beginning January 1, 2016, for every day the department failed to remove from the state one metric ton of weapons-grade defense…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Alerts Consumers to Deceptive Tobacco Settlement Promotion

(Columbia, S.C.) – Today, Attorney General Alan Wilson alerted the public to an online promotion that misleads consumers to believe they can receive tobacco settlement money. The online promotion claims individuals can sign up to claim thousands of dollars per month from the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The advertisement promises that individuals may receive a tax-free portion of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and that this money is guaranteed by the government. In reality, this advertisement entices citizens to enter a credit card number for a monthly subscription in order to learn about purchasing tobacco revenue bonds. Attorney General Wilson…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins 39 State Attorneys General in Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson announced today that South Carolina has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that six generic drug-makers entered into illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for two generic drugs. An amended complaint filed with the federal court increases the number of plaintiff states in the lawsuit from 20 to 40, which was initially filed in December 2016. The amended complaint also adds claims of alleged violations of state antitrust laws – in addition to the alleged violations of federal antitrust…

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Human Trafficking Task Force to meet on March 3, 2017

P U B L I C   N O T I C E Pursuant to S.C. Code § 30-4-80, “The Freedom of Information Act,” notice is hereby given of the following meeting of the Human Trafficking Task Force called by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson: Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting March 3, 2017 10 a.m. – noon City of West Columbia Municipal Complex 200 N. 12th Street West Columbia, S.C. 29169 AGENDA: The task force will meet to discuss updates, upcoming projects, trainings and events regarding human trafficking in South Carolina. Guest speaker will be Kayce Singletary, Community Education Director…

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AG Wilson: SC to Recover $273,583.50 from Food Stamp Fraud Cases

(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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Safer Internet Day 2017

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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AG Wilson Joins 20-state Coalition Asking Senate to Confirm Judge Gorsuch

  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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Summer 2017 Internship Program

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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Human Trafficking Task Force Presents 2016 Annual Report

  (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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State Attorneys General Ask President-Elect Trump to Ensure GITMO Detainees are not Transferred to U.S.

(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 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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Greenville News Commentary: Protect kids from online predators

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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How to Report Suspected Price Gouging

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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Price Gouging Statute in Full Effect for Hurricane Matthew

Attorney General Alan Wilson Announces Price Gouging Statute in Full Effect (COLUMBIA, SC) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced that the price gouging statute is in effect upon notice that Governor Haley issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency. “As we prepare for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall in South Carolina, it’s imperative that South Carolinians make necessary preparations and follow safety instructions. Our state is still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by the floods in 2015, and as we have witnessed before, we will see many neighbors helping each other during this delicate time. However,…

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Attorney General Wilson – Carolina Business Review

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson talks with panelists Dr. Ronnie Booth, President, Tri-County Technical College and Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center. Topics include: Federal Overreach, The MOX Project and Accountability.  

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AG Wilson Discusses Overtime Lawsuit with Neil Cavuto

AG Wilson Discusses Overtime Rule Lawsuit with Neil Cavuto  FOX Business Sept. 21, 2016 The lawsuit alleges that the rule, which would allow millions of Americans to qualify for overtime pay, is unconstitutional. According to the White House, the new rule “doubles the salary threshold—from $23,660 to $47,476 per year—under which most salaried workers are guaranteed overtime.” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined the FOX Business Network to explain why he opposes the overtime rule, set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. “This administration is completely circumventing the rule of law,” Wilson said. “It’s a power grab…

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AG Wilson Joins 21 States Challenging U.S. Dept. of Labor Overtime Rule

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins 21 States Challenging  U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule   (COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Alan Wilson today joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a federal court complaint challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. If implemented, the new rule will more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers without Congressional authorization. The rule will force many state and local governments to substantially increase their employment costs. Some governments may be forced to eliminate some services and even lay off employees. The complaint urges the court to…

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2016 Silent Witness Ceremony

In Memoriam The South Carolina Silent Witness Story Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:30 a.m. South Steps South Carolina State House Grounds A solemn ceremony to remember those who died as a result of domestic violence during 2015. During the ceremony, Attorney General Wilson will call the name of each fatal domestic violence victim from the previous year. Friends and family members will place silhouettes on the state house steps which represent the victims. An additional silhouette will represent the unknown victims.

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Attorney General Wilson’s Statement on MOX Lawsuit

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALAN WILSON STATEMENT REGARDING MOX LAWSUIT (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement regarding a lawsuit filed in federal district court today against the United States Department of Energy regarding the MOX facility in Aiken County. “Today, a lawsuit was filed in federal district court against the United States Department of Energy to require the federal government to obey the rule of law. “In September 2015, we sent a letter to Secretary Moniz stating that we expected the Department of Energy to follow through with its promises, otherwise we would be seeking legal…

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State AGs: Sending our States Guantanamo detainees would ‘violate federal law and harm our States’

State AGs: Sending our States Guantanamo detainees would ‘violate federal law and harm our States’ (Columbia, S.C.)  – Three state attorneys general today told the president any attempt to relocate detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their states would be illegal and should be rejected. In a letter to President Obama, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson noted that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday testified in Congress that federal law does not allow transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland. The state attorneys general ask the president to “abide by…

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Investor Alert: Be on the Lookout for Investment Scams

Investor Alert: Be on the Lookout for Investment Scams Related to the Recent Historic Rain and Flooding 10/09/2015 The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Alert to help educate investors, including individuals who may receive lump sum payouts from insurance companies and others following the recent historic rainfall and flooding in and around South Carolina, about investment fraud. Hurricanes, floods, oil spills, and other disasters often give rise to investment scams. These scams can take many forms, including promoters touting companies purportedly involved in cleanup efforts, trading programs that falsely guarantee high returns, and classic…

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AG Wilson Announces Partnership with Department of Homeland Security

        South Carolina is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in promoting the Blue Campaign. The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the DHS efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. Through this partnership, the Attorney General’s Office will provide Blue Campaign training and awareness materials throughout the state to raise public consciousness of human trafficking. These materials will help individuals and communities recognize…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Lawsuit Against EPA’s “Waters of the US” Rule

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Lawsuit Against EPA Twenty-seven states now challenging “Waters of the US” Rule (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  —  Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced he has joined eight other state Attorneys General in a lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The lawsuit asks the court to strike down a new rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms. The rule, known generally as the “Waters of the United States” rule, would extend the…

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Domestic Violence Reform Bill Signed Into Law

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)   Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement commending the hard work of the General Assembly on passing domestic violence reform and Gov. Nikki Haley for signing it into law today: “I commend Gov. Haley for signing domestic violence reform into law. “While the bill is not perfect and is not the last measure of domestic violence reform needed, it is a giant first step in combatting domestic violence. I look forward to working with Gov. Haley and members of the General Assembly in the future to take the additional steps necessary to further combat this heinous crime…

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AG Wilson Discusses 2015 Human Trafficking Legislative Initiative

Attorney General Wilson Calls on General Assembly to Pass Human Trafficking Bill by February. Says “Modern-day slavery is alive and well in our state.”  (COLUMBIA, S.C.)   South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson held a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 6 to discuss much needed human trafficking legislation for the 2015 session. He stood alongside more than 30 members of the Human Trafficking Task Force in recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” and challenging the General Assembly to pass this legislation before the end of February. “Modern-day slavery is alive and well here in our state,” Wilson stated. “We’re serious about…

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South Carolina Joins 16 States in Challenging President Obama’s Abuse of Power on Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 3, 2014 AG Alan Wilson Announces South Carolina Joins 16 States in Challenging President Obama’s Unconstitutional Abuse of Power with Executive Order on Immigration (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced that South Carolina has joined with 16 other states in taking legal action to challenge President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration. The case was filed Wednesday in Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas. The multistate coalition includes Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. “While…

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AG Wilson Joins Governors, Fellow AG’s in Wanting “Waters of the U. S.” Proposal Withdrawn

Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Governors, Fellow AG’s in Wanting “Waters of the U. S.” Proposal Withdrawn (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson joined with sixteen governors and attorneys general in asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw their proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. On April 21, 2014, the EPA and Corps jointly released a proposed rule called Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act. It would greatly expand the definition of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. Under the proposal, roadside ditches, small creeks, farm…

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2014 Silent Witness Ceremony

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Through the S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Program Invites You to Join Us For a Day of Remembrance In Memoriam The South Carolina Silent Witness Story Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:00 a.m. South Steps South Carolina State House Grounds A solemn ceremony to remember those who died as a result of domestic violence during 2013 Currently South Carolina ranks second in the nation for the amount of homicides caused by criminal domestic violence. Each year in October, the Attorney General hosts a Silent Witness ceremony to honor the victims from the preceding year. During this ceremony, wooden silhouettes…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Releases 2013 Insurance Fraud Annual Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 8, 2014 Attorney General Alan Wilson Releases 2013 Insurance Fraud Annual Report New Director of Insurance Fraud Also Named (COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the release of South Carolina’s 2013 Insurance Fraud Annual Report. The Insurance Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General was created in 1994, with the mission of aggressively confronting insurance fraud in South Carolina. It receives referrals from the Department of Insurance, the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission, the Department of Employment and Workforce, insurance companies, private citizens, law enforcement agencies, as well as attorneys and private…

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AG Alan Wilson: Fighting for SC against the EPA

There is a right way to do the right thing, but also a wrong way to do the right thing. Even the best of intentions can lead to negative results. You know what they say about the road to hell — it’s paved with good intentions. The best of intentions can also carry unintended consequences. As stewards of the environment, it is our responsibility to protect it and ensure that we leave it in great condition for years to come. I agree that the environment must be properly protected through sound regulation. Still, that regulation must balance between practical steps…

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Constitutional Ballot Commission Approves Explanations for Constitutional Amendments

The Attorney General chairs the Constitutional Ballot Commission. The commission met on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to approve explanations for the two constitutional amendments on the November general election ballot. See below for the two explanations for the amendments which will appear on ballots in the November 4, 2014, General Election:                      Amendment 1 Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle is not a lottery prohibited by this section, if the raffle is conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable,…

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South Carolina Stands with Israel

South Carolina Stands with Israel By: Attorney General Alan Wilson  There is no better friend to the United States and to South Carolina than the nation of Israel. Today, our friend is under constant attacks on multiple fronts. These relentless threats to the safety and security of Israel jeopardize the international economy, the stability of that region, and could ultimately threaten world peace. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government have shown tremendous patience and restraint to avoid conflict. However, a nation has a responsibility to defend its people from terrorist networks such as Hamas. Hamas is not acting…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Statement on Halbig v. Burwell Ruling

Attorney General Alan Wilson Statement on Halbig V. Burwell Ruling (COLUMBIA, S.C.)  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement on today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell, striking down an IRS regulation which allowed the use of federal tax subsidies for the purchase of health insurance on federal exchanges under the Affordable Care Act: “I am pleased the court ruled that the IRS exceeded its authority by reinterpreting language in the Affordable Care Act.  I joined seven of my fellow Attorneys General in filing amici briefs because we recognize…

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SC Attorney General’s Office Warns of Scam

The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received numerous calls from people in at least seven states about a scam. They report getting an e-mail allegedly from the Attorney General’s Office with a subject line of “Final Legal Notification” and containing what claims to be an “attorney retainer agreement.”  The document carries the seal of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Justice and a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The e-mail contains the name of an actual attorney in South Carolina who is not involved in the fraud, and a message that says, “All this…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Files Additional Appeal Documents In Harrell Matter

Attorney General Alan Wilson Files Additional Appeal Documents In Harrell Matter (Columbia, S.C.) Attorney General Alan Wilson announced his Office has filed three appeal documents with the state Supreme Court in connection with the Speaker Bobby Harrell matter. The documents include: 1) Notice of Appeal in the Matter of State Grand Jury Investigation #M2014-237 The notice is to advise the Court that a full appeal will be forthcoming.  The appeal briefs will present the merits of this Office’s appeal. Attorney General Wilson writes in the notice of appeal: “The Attorney General, in his official capacity as the Chief Prosecuting Officer…

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Attorney General Wilson Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Town of Greece vs. Galloway

Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway   (COLUMBIA, S.C.)   South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement on today’s 5-4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court, upholding the practice of offering corporate prayer at government meeting in Greece, New York.  The South Carolina Attorney General’s office submitted an amicus brief supporting the town of Greece, which was used by the Court in its decision: “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right of every American to pray, including at the start…

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Files Complaint in Federal Court Regarding MOX Facility

  To view the full complaint, click here. MARCH 18, 2014 REMARKS OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL ALAN WILSON ON LEGAL ACTIONS TAKEN REGARDING MOX FACILITY Over the last few years, our office has dealt with a similar issue involving Yucca Mountain. In that case the federal government, under an agreement with the states, collected billions of dollars for nuclear waste disposal and with the unilateral stroke of a pen the federal government effectively said, “You keep your nuclear waste and we will keep your money.”  In that case, this office brought a suit which resulted in a federal court of…

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Attorney General Wilson Issues Statement on CDV Ruling

News Release January 8, 2014 Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement Following The State Supreme Court Ruling on The State v. Paul Gwinn Brief: “Huge victory for victims of criminal domestic violence.” (COLUMBIA, S.C.) Today, Attorney General Alan Wilson issued the following statement on the court’s ruling in the South Carolina Supreme Court case, The State v. Paul Gwinn. “We applaud the Supreme Court in its interpretation of South Carolina’s constitution. “The court’s ruling today is a landmark. This decision further enshrines the authority of the Attorney General as the state’s chief prosecutor under our State constitution. It affirms our…

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Attorney General Wilson Requests Action On ACA

Due to the lack of response to the multitude of concerns shared with your Administration by numerous states over the last several months, we are requesting you to direct Secretary Sebelius to meet with the concerned attorneys general to address these issues.

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Attorney General Alan Wilson tells Congressional Committee about concerns with Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program

The first obligation of government is maintaining the safety and security of its citizens. Ironically, the implementation of a federal program, designed to provide health care to all Americans, puts us all at severe risk because it is riddled with scams and security breaches. Americans should not have to barter their privacy and financial security for health insurance.

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South Carolina Wins Yucca Mountain Case in DC.

“This decision reaffirms a fundamental truth: the President is not above the law. His administration cannot pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore,” said Wilson.

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Attorney General Wilson Announces Appointment of Office’s First Solicitor General

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)   Attorney General Alan Wilson today announced the appointment of Robert D. Cook as the first Solicitor General for the Attorney General’s Office.  South Carolina now joins more than 30 other states whose Attorney General’s Office has a Solicitor General position. The Solicitor General will assist the Attorney General in developing the office’s legal policy.  He will oversee formulation of legal policies and procedures regarding the joining of amicus curiae briefs, and will help navigate issues related to federalism, states’ rights, the rule of law and various other constitutional questions. Cook, who has served at the Attorney General’s Office…

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S.C. Nursing Home Operator Pleads Guilty to Defrauding $1,000,000+ From State Medicaid Program

Fraud committed against the Medicaid program deprives funds needed to pay for medical services, including nursing home care, for elderly citizens who can’t afford it otherwise.

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Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement on Shelby County v. Holder

“For nearly 50 years, Sections 4 and 5 have imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina. Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.

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AG Wilson Applauds Passage of “Ashley Hall Bill”

“An important civics lesson can be learned from this bill and how Ashley Hall parents such as Anna Murray and many others who set an example for citizens can effectively come together to make our state a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.

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State Grand Jury Returns First Indictments on Environmental Charges

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury today returned indictments against George W. Smolen of Anderson.

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Abbeville County Magistrate George Ferguson Indicted by State Grand Jury, Charged with Misconduct in Office

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the State Grand Jury today returned indictments against Abbeville County Magistrate George Ferguson. He was charged with two (2) counts of Misconduct in Office.

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SC ICAC “Stay Safe Online Week”

The “Stay Safe Online” town hall meeting for parents, children, teachers and all concerned citizens will be held this Friday, April 26 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Meadow Glen Middle School, 440 Ginny Lane in Lexington, S.C. It is open to the public and news media.

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Columbia Man Convicted of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Attempted Armed Robbery

Judge Lee Alford sentenced Cook to thirty (30) years on murder, which he will have to serve day for day for thirty (30) years. He also received twenty (20) years on the attempted armed robbery charge and five (5) years on the conspiracy charge, the maximum for each offense, to be served concurrently with the murder conviction.

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Attorney General Wilson Files Order to Stop College Professor from Selling Unregistered Securities

Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a Cease and Desist Order against a USC-Upstate professor for offering unregistered securities related to a new private college start-up. Wilson issued an administrative order against Richard “Ric” Routh and Routh’s business, Invictus University. The Order was issued on March 22, 2013 and instructs Routh to “cease and desist” from violating the South Carolina Securities Act.

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