Lexington County Sheriff Indicted on Bribery, Wire Fraud Charges

Sheriff Metts Indicted on Federal Charges of Bribery, Wire Fraud South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriff has been indicted on federal charges, including wire fraud and bribery, making him the 8th sheriff in the last 4 years to face federal charges or an investigation in the state. According to US Attorney Bill Nettles, 68-year-old Lexington County Sheriff James Metts faces 10 charges of accepting bribes, as well as federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy. The 28-page indictment states that Metts allowed friends to buy favors, … [Read more...]

Two Convicted on Federal Mortgage Fraud Charges

Former Countrywide Loan Officer and Former Corrections Officer Convicted on Mortgage Fraud Charges On Friday, April 18th, two men were convicted for their roles in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme that included the fraudulent purchase of over 40 properties in New Haven, Connecticut. Andrew Constantinou, of Unionville, Connecticut, and Jacques Kelly, of Poughkeepsie, New York, were convicted on all federal charges after a three-week trial, including conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. The jury also found Kelly guilty of one … [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...]