Three “Sovereign Citizens” Convicted on Mail Fraud Charges

Three South Carolina Residents Convicted for Mail Fraud Related to Domestic Terrorist Group Three men from South Carolina have been convicted on eight counts of mail fraud in federal court on Thursday, February 6th. The FBI claims the men were part of a domestic terrorist group and used their “sovereign citizens” claims to create bogus paperwork to relieve Myrtle Beach residents of mortgage and credit card debt. A Columbia, SC jury found James Chappelle Dew, along with co-conspirators Jerry Elmo Hartsoe and Mark Shannon Manuel, guilty … [Read more...]

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...]

SC Woman Faked Leukemia, Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

Woman Who Bilked Insurance Company While Faking Leukemia Pleaded Guilty to Mail Fraud Charges A South Carolina woman faked having terminal leukemia in order to collect insurance money. She was arrested in September 2012. She pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, which is a serious federal offense. Jennifer Eden’s mail fraud charge has led her to be sentenced to 3 years in prison, and a restitution fine of $500,000. However, she has stalled her prison sentence with further concerns about her health. Prosecutors say that, between 2003 … [Read more...]

Defending Mail Fraud

South Carolina Mail Fraud Attorneys Fighting An Allegation of Mail Fraud The United States Code criminalizes, “any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses” involving the U.S. Mail system. The problem with an allegation of mail fraud is that each act committed in a post office of taking out or putting in a letter that furthers the scheme, is a distinct and separate violation.  Accordingly, with a mass mailing, hundreds of violations may have been committed. Defending a … [Read more...]

Federal Court Sentences Man for Nigerian Money Scam

On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced a man for his role in carrying on a three-yearlong money scam. According to live5news, Kenneth Ojua was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, sentenced to 27 months imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $147,541.87. The case stemmed from Ojua’s acts from 2006-2009, whereby he contacted the victim by email and informed her that an American family had been killed in a car accident in Africa, that there were no other family members alive and that he needed her help with … [Read more...]