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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.

Insider trading charges hit pro football player

Football fans in South Carolina may be more familiar with Mychal Kendricks on the field than in dealing with investment matters, but the Cleveland Browns player was charged with insider trading by federal prosecutors. After the U.S. Attorney's office announced the charges on August 29, the Browns released the linebacker despite signing him to a one-year contract just months ago in June. Kendricks is accused of making around $1.2 million in profits on investments four years ago due to illegal insider information.

South Carolina couple charged with embezzlement

In South Carolina, the chief of the Asbury-Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department in Cherokee County and his wife, who served as the department's treasurer, were taken into custody for stealing money from the department. The couple was charged with the embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars.

South Carolina town accuses public employee of embezzlement

An audit conducted by the city government of St. Matthews, a community of about 2,000 south of the South Carolina state capital, resulted in an arrest warrant against a 47-year-old former female public employee. Law enforcement arrested her in Calhoun County on charges of embezzling public funds in excess of $10,000.

Pharmacy technician accused of embezzlement of public funds

Businesses in South Carolina and across the country often entrust employees with monetary responsibilities. When a business owner discovers any financial discrepancies, he or she may begin looking for someone to blame. Many individuals have been accused of a crime under similar circumstances. A pharmacy technician in South Carolina has been accused of embezzlement following a recent audit at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

South Carolina women claim ties to celebrity in wire fraud case

Two women are facing federal charges after claiming ties to a celebrity in an attempt to gain investors. Promising major returns to anyone involved, they managed to gain over $300,000 in a recent wire fraud case in South Carolina. Both are facing up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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