When individuals are facing allegations of white-collar crimes, a lot is typically at stake. Carefully built careers can be ruined, and rebuilding one's reputation may seem impossible. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to add charges of money laundering to just about any other charge in order to increase penalties. A South Carolina man recently entered a guilty plea on money laundering charges related to drug trafficking.
Two businessmen who own strip clubs and nightclubs in South Carolina and other states were arrested on hundreds of federal charges involving allegations of money laundering and drug trafficking. If convicted as charged, the two each face thousands of years of imprisonment.
Bluffton police say that a local man on a moped was driving unsafely on Buckwalter Parkway. The man was said to be swerving and traveling across the lanes and falling off his moped. After pulling over the man, he was detained.
Identity theft and identity fraud have had their definitions expanded since 1998, when the U.S. Department of Justice appended fraudulent Internet activity to the list of bogus checks, passports and identification issued in another person's name or used to defraud another person. The Department of Justice notes that nearly any identifying information, such as a phone number or a person's mother's maiden name, may be used to commit identity theft or fraud.
The assistant principal at a South Carolina high school is facing DUI charges after she was stopped by authorities on Dec. 20, according to reports. Witnesses claim that they found the woman passed out in her SUV in a Summerville bar parking lot, and they say that she drove away when they woke her. A police officer who arrived on the scene said she was unable to catch up with the woman at the time.
A South Carolina man faces numerous charges after an alleged drunk driving incident on Nov. 30. According to authorities, a police officer noticed the 43-year-old accused man crossing the center line of a road in Kershaw County. Police say they then tried to stop the man, but he allegedly refused to comply with their request, initiating a chase through several residential areas.
A 24-year-old South Carolina man is facing a felony DUI resulting in death charge, and authorities say he will be charged with several more counts following the Nov. 8 fatal accident. The man, an Anderson University assistant baseball coach, was driving his Ford pickup on Williamston Road in front of the university's new dormitory when he crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a Nissan Altima.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol claims that a Spartanburg County high school teacher and athletic coach was under the influence of alcohol when she drove seven students to a track meet on Sept. 26. The 42-year-old woman has been charged with child endangerment and DUI. The incident occurred on Interstate 26 in North Charleston.
A 32-year-old man is facing charges of driving under the influence after an accident in South Carolina on Oct. 5. According to police, the man was impaired by drugs and alcohol when he was taken into custody.
As Emma's Law went into effect on Oct. 1, the penalties for driving while intoxicated became more stringent in the state. The law is named for a girl who died on Jan. 1, 2012, in a DUI accident. One of the important aspects of the legislation is the fact that it draws attention to and raises awareness of the consequences of intoxicated driving. Additionally, the law establishes tools that the authorities can use to address the actions of those who choose to drive while they are drunk.