10 People Charged with Wire and Mail Fraud in Lottery Scam

10 People, Mostly from South Carolina, Face Mail and Wire Fraud Charges for Nationwide Lottery Scam Nine residents of Little River, South Carolina, and one Georgia resident, have been arrested and charged with mail fraud and wire fraud for a lottery scam that targeted the elderly. The federal complaint, unsealed on Tuesday, February 4th, alleged that the lottery scam targeted elderly victims across the United States. The scam notified victims that they had “won” a lottery or sweepstakes that they did not enter, but they needed to pay some … [Read more...]

Two Plead Guilty to Federal Child Prostitution Charges

After Nationwide Bust of Child Prostitution Ring, Two South Carolina Defendants Plead Guilty A man and a woman, who were arrested in July during a huge bust of a national child prostitution ring, have pleaded guilty to child prostitution charges in a federal court in South Carolina. Andrea Bostic and Thomas Tyrell Summers, both 21, pleaded guilty to forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution. William J. Gibson, a third defendant in the case, appeared in court but did not make a plea. US District Judge Joseph Anderson accepted the … [Read more...]

Man Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Charity Fraud

Man Convicted in $100 Million Navy Veterans’ Charity Fraud Case A man accused of running a charity fraud case out of Florida has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for running the scam. On November 14th, an Ohio jury found the mystery man, referred to in court documents as “Mr. X,” guilty of charity fraud that cost donors $100 million over several years. The defendant claims he is a man named Bobby Thompson, but prosecutors and authorities both say that he is actually a former attorney named John Donald Cody. Authorities traced the … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pinson Receives More Charges in Federal Kickback Case

Former SCSU Chairman and Cohort Face More Charges in Federal Kickback Case On Thursday, November 7th, new criminal charges were filed in the federal kickback case against Jonathan Pinson and Eric Robinson, some in connection with Columbia’s multimillion dollar Village at River’s Edge development. The Columbia branch of the US Attorney’s Office is now charging Pinson with 51 counts of various kinds of fraud and illegal activities, including federal kickback charges, and Robinson with 11 counts of federal kickback fraud and illegal … [Read more...]