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September 2018 Archives

A pyramid scheme can look a lot like a legitimate enterprise

There is no shortage of South Carolina companies out there that promote the chance to earn immediate income and acquire residual wealth by following a proven formula. Sometimes, however, if the opportunity seems too great to be true, it just may be. That's why investors and consumers should be aware of some signs that an enterprise may be fraudulent.

Federal agencies step up fraud investigations

White-collar crime prosecutions may be on the rise as several federal law enforcement agencies emphasized their use of new, broad tools to detect what they allege to be an upswing in financial fraud. Online money transfers and other technologies allow funds to be passed quickly and easily, often with little record of who received these funds at the other end, said officials from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, they highlighted the rising interest in cryptocurrencies as a hotbed for fraud and problematic transactions.

Incriminating laptop leads to dozens of criminal charges

A woman who was contracted to do work for a South Carolina organization gave the FBI a laptop that happened to be filled with incriminating information against the group. Data on the computer included counterfeit documents and other tools to illegally make money. As a result, federal authorities built a case against the insular organization, known as the Irish Travelers, leading to federal charges for dozens of its members. The group lives in an Aiken-North Augusta community called Murphy Village.

Man allegedly killed by poisoned water

A 64-year-old man was found dead in his South Carolina home on July 21. His wife confessed to killing him after an autopsy revealed that he had elevated levels of a substance called tetrahydrozoline in his system. The 52-year-old woman admitted that she had put eye drops in his water for several days prior to his passing. While there was no clear motive for the killing, his family issued a statement denying that he was unfaithful to his wife.

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