The Internet plays an important role on the daily lives of South Carolina residents through both social media and online transactions. Because of this, many criminals are now using the Internet to commit fraudulent acts against potential victims. Internet crimes usually involve virus attacks, fraud, hacking and sex-related computer crimes. These crimes can be prosecuted in state or federal courts, depending on the nature of the offense.
A county sheriff in South Carolina was recently suspended after he was accused of wire fraud charges. The sheriff, 38, allegedly worked with a 48-year-old owner of credit repair business in creating fake police reports in order for the clients of the credit repair business to assert that their overdue bills were the result of identity theft. The two were indicted on conspiracy to commit fraud, which carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and 20 years in prison if convicted.