From the Associated Press:
COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) - A Federal Grand Jury indicted the Williamsburg County Sheriff on fraud charges Wednesday.
According to a press release, the Federal Grand Jury in Columbia returned indictments against Sheriff Michael L. Johnson, age 38, of Salters, and Lester L. Woods, age 48, of Columbia.
Prosecutors say Sheriff Johnson provided a man who ran a credit repair business with fake police reports.
Both were charged in a one-count indictment of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors say Johnson created fake police reports so customers of the credit repair business could claim their overdue bills were caused by identity fraud. The indictment against Johnson estimates the scheme was used in over 130 credit reports.
Johnson's lawyer issued a statement saying he looks forward to his day in court.
Johnson is the sixth sheriff in South Carolina's 46 counties to face criminal charges in the past four years.
The maximum penalty each could receive is twenty years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Winston D. Holliday, Jr., of the Columbia office for prosecution
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