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Sep 8, 2023

Kremlin-linked trader heads to US prison

BOSTON — A wealthy Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for his role in a nearly $100 million stock market cheating scheme that relied on secret earnings information stolen through the hacking of U.S. computer networks. Vladislav Klyushin, who ran a Moscow-based information technology company that […]

Aug 17, 2023

Murdaugh colleague sentenced in fraud scheme

CHARLESTON — A longtime friend of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in prison for scheming to steal millions of dollars in insurance settlements from the sons of Murdaugh’s dead housekeeper. Cory Fleming said he knew the lawyer now serving a life sentence for killing his wife and […]

Aug 10, 2023

Pandemic fraud scheme sends SC woman to federal prison

A South Carolina woman and a Florida woman have been sentenced after pleading guilty to commit wire fraud related to unemployment insurance benefits. Nariman Mahmoud Masoud, 35, of Florence, South Carolina, and Susan Masoud, 34 of Tampa, Fla., were sentenced recently in federal court, a news release says. Masoud must serve 12 months and one […]

Jul 28, 2023

Second jury convicts business owner in scam

A federal jury convicted a Greenville woman Wednesday of uttering counterfeit securities two weeks after another jury found her guilty of three counts of wire fraud. Robin Lee Johnson, 51, was found guilty of six counts of uttering counterfeit securities, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for District of South Carolina says. Senior […]

Jul 24, 2023

SC inmates among those charged in fraud scheme

Nine current or former inmates of the South Carolina Department of Corrections and six other people have been indicted for allegedly receiving more than $4 million in fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment benefits. A federal grand jury has returned a 51-count indictment against the current or former inmates and the six others for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, a news release says.

Jul 24, 2023

Pandemic fraud sends man to prison for year

A Charleston man has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for running a fake lawn care business to get funds related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Antonio Brown Sanders, 26, of Charleston, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to fraudulently applying for an Emergency Injury Disaster Law under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act[...]

May 11, 2023

Mississippi ex-governor threatens to sue news site over welfare fraud comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant gave notice Wednesday that he will sue a news organization unless it apologizes for statements he said some of its employees made about him in connection to misspending of welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. A reporter […]

Apr 6, 2023

Lawsuit against Favre should be dismissed, attorneys argue

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre argued in a new court filing Monday that a civil lawsuit against him seeking to recover misspent welfare money in Mississippi’s largest ever corruption case should be should be dismissed because the state Department of Human Services lacks evidence and is attempting to deflect […]

Apr 4, 2023

Prosecutors urge no bail for Chinese man in $1B fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge should reject bail for a wealthy self-exiled Chinese businessman charged in a $1 billion fraud case because he’s already trying to obstruct justice from jail, and can flee or do harm if he is freed, no matter how stringent his bail conditions, prosecutors said Monday. The government submitted a […]

Jun 7, 2022

12 sentenced in multimillion-dollar construction fraud case  

By Melinda Waldrop [email protected]  Twelve defendants from seven construction-related companies have been sentenced for employment tax fraud felonies and crimes related to hiring unauthorized workers in a scheme that saw at least $15 million in bogus checks cashed.  The convictions are the first to come from a multi-year undercover investigation, led by the IRS and […]

Mar 13, 2020

Volunteer for athletic booster club is charged with fraud

A volunteer for a South Carolina high school sports booster club is accused of using the group’s debit card to pay her personal and family bills. Karen Rice McCrary was a volunteer for the Powdersville High School Athletic Booster Club, federal prosecutors said in an indictment this week. The card was to be used for […]

Feb 6, 2020

Claims of fraud, ‘sham’ suit, aren’t an attack on court’s ruling

  There’s no getting out of a long-running battle between a South Carolina attorney and the businessmen he likened to TV mobster Tony Soprano. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit filed by the attorney, Paul Hulsey, who is leveling allegations of fraud against a father and son who had previously […]

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