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May 17, 2010

Ex-employee arrested in missing-cash probe

BEAUFORT (AP) — Authorities say a former South Carolina county treasurer’s office employee embezzled more than $200,000 from the county. The Beaufort County sheriff’s office says 29-year-old Casaundra White was arrested at her Yemassee home on Wednesday and charged with six counts of embezzlement and five counts of conspiracy. Investigators say White stole the money […]

May 17, 2010

SC issues order in alleged insurance fraud

CHARLESTON (AP) — South Carolina became the latest state Wednesday to take regulatory action against individuals and companies the state Insurance Department alleges are involved in a nationwide insurance fraud. Insurance Commissioner Scott Richardson issued a cease-and-desist order naming 19 respondents, including an Isle of Palms resident and two companies with South Carolina addresses. Th[...]

May 17, 2010

Mauldin-based grocer emerges from bankruptcy protection

GREENVILLE (AP) South Carolina-based grocery chain Bi-Lo has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bi-Lo president and chief executive Michael Byars said Wednesday that the company had successfully completed its financial restructuring and was emerging from bankruptcy stronger and leaner. In March 2009, Bi-Lo filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 protection to address an upcoming […]

May 17, 2010

Utah lawmaker to work for SC gay rights group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Democratic Utah lawmaker is resigning to become the executive director of a gay rights group in South Carolina. Rep. Christine Johnson said Wednesday she will begin her new job at South Carolina Equality in July. Johnson lived in the state previously and still has family there. The two-term Salt […]

May 17, 2010

USC to pay fired developers nearly $900,000

COLUMBIA (AP) The University of South Carolina has agreed to pay nearly $900,000 to two developers it fired because of problems with the school’s research campus. The State newspaper reported USC signed an agreement Thursday to reimburse the men for their investments. The $890,000 to pay Kale Roscoe and Tim Heath is coming from a […]

May 10, 2010

Columbia asks for opinion on mayor-elect's wreck

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s top prosecutor has been asked to weigh in on the investigation of a wreck involving the mayor-elect of Columbia, his office said Thursday, as the probe enters its third week. The Columbia City Council called but then canceled a special meeting to be held Friday to discuss whether an outside […]

May 10, 2010

Judge sets bond for ex-Lee sheriff on drug charges

COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday set bail of $200,000 for a former Lee County sheriff, saying prosecutors had not proven arguments that E.J. Melvin represents a threat to other co-defendants in a drug conspiracy case. As conditions of his release, Melvin isn’t allowed to talk to any witnesses and will be on […]

May 3, 2010

Upstate woman pleads guilty to embezzling from bank

ANDERSON (AP) — A South Carolina has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the bank where she worked for than 20 years. Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said 44-year-old Kimberly O. McAbee of Woodruff pleaded guilty in federal court in Anderson on Tuesday to the embezzlement of bank funds. McDonald says McAbee is accused of […]

May 3, 2010

State senators reject bid to limit insured abortions

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina senators Wednesday rejected efforts to bar abortion coverage for victims of rape and incest under the state health insurance plan. The 24-17 vote came in the midst of state budget debate as Republican state Sen. David Thomas of Fountain Inn tried to revive a measure the House had included in […]

May 3, 2010

Hearing set on Morgan Keegan allegations

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Morgan Keegan & Co. has been granted an administration hearing on allegations that its brokerage firm of costing investors, including retirees, more than $2 billion through fraudulent and reckless business practices. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Thursday that the hearing will be held Oct. 5 in Montgomery, Ala., at […]

May 3, 2010

S.C. man gets life in prison for drug debt killing

CHARLESTON (AP) — A 23-year-old South Carolina man will spend the rest of his life in prison after authorities said he gunned down a 15-year-old boy over a drug debt owed by the teen’s twin brother. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Rafael Horlbeck showed no emotion as a jury found him guilty of […]

May 3, 2010

New suit filed stemming from S.C. economist's fraud

CHARLESTON (AP) — Another lawsuit has been filed stemming from the $66 million Ponzi scheme run by a South Carolina economist. The Charleston Post and Courier reported the Motley Rice law firm has sued Robert Pearlman, a Mount Pleasant attorney who represented Al Parish. The class action filing represents anyone who lost more than $100. […]

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