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South Carolina sheriff suspended after facing serious charges

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.

According to prosecutors, the scheme was used in handling more than 130 credit reports.

The suspect in this case is facing damaging allegations which affect his credibility and reputation. The first step in avoiding an undesirable outcome is to establish a robust criminal defense. The defense needs to examine the allegations of the prosecutors before deciding on which option, fighting head-to-head in litigation or entering a plea bargain, suits the situation.

Internet crimes and other related offenses are highly documented cases. Such cases can be very complex, and handling the case alone may not yield favorable results. To further strengthen the defendant's position in the case, he or she may consult a criminal defense attorney.

Here in Columbia, people facing similar criminal offenses may wish to consult a legal professional for guidance and representation. The legal professional can attempt to steer the case in favor of the defendant.

Source: WBTW.com, "Gov. Haley suspends Williamsburg County sheriff after wire fraud indictment," Feb. 20, 2014

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