Thursday, July 31 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:33:23 GMT
A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.Full Story >
Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they...Full Story >
Thursday, July 31 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:04:37 GMT
An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.Full Story >
Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and...Full Story >
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:57:01 GMT
CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.Full Story >
An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant...Full Story >
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Former Anderson County Councilman Ronnie Wilson was sentenced to 19 years in prison Tuesday for his role in a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $60 million.
Wilson, 65, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in July as part of a plea agreement as president of Atlantic Bullion and Coin, based in Easley.
Authorities said Wilson duped more than 900 investors across 25 states into thinking they were buying silver and making big profits. They said Wilson never bought any precious metals and was paying investors' lofty dividends with other investors' money.
He was released from jail on $1 million bond after his arrest, but he appeared in federal court in Greenville on Tuesday for sentencing.
At the hearing, Wilson said that his sins started small, but the theft eventually became so bad that he even stole money from his daughter and brother.
In addition to the 235-month prison sentence, the judge ordered Wilson to pay $57,401,009 in restitution and serve three years probation upon his release.
A crowd in the courtroom clapped when the sentence was read.
Wilson was not the only arrest in connection with the Ponzi scheme.
In early October, FBI agents arrested Wallace Lindsey Howell, 60, in connection with the same scheme. He was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to an indictment, Howell worked with Wilson to defraud investors of nearly $3.5 million.
To date, an attorney has taken possession of the assets of Atlantic Bullion and Coin. He will liquidate the assets and distribute the proceeds to the victims of the scheme. A website has been set up by Ashmore to assist in working with the victims and distributing Wilson's assets.
Ashmore spoke at the sentencing, saying they don't know where all the money went.
"We do not have an accounting of all the money that went through Ron Wilson's hands," Ashmore said. "We've gone through all the books and records but if a transaction is not on the books and records the ability for us to find those assets is quite a challenge."
Part of Wilson's plea allows for his sentence to be cut short if he helps in the prosecution of others and helps in the recovery of the missing money.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 4:49 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:49:41 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Full Story >
Thursday, July 31 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:33:54 GMT
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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is not quiet when it comes to his feelings on illegal aliens and illegal immigration, and how it has affected his county. This week, he sent an open letter to the presidentFull Story >
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is not quiet when it comes to his feelings on illegal aliens and illegal immigration, and how it has affected his county. On Thursday, residents of Butler County who disagree with the Sheriff's actions will hold a rally outside of the Butler County Jail.Full Story >
Wednesday, February 5 2014 2:56 PM EST2014-02-05 19:56:29 GMT
This accident was on Interstate 71.
After an ice and snow storm, temperatures will fall Wednesday night. Tonight's forecast low is 12 degrees with mostly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday will see partly sunnyFull Story >
After an ice and snow storm, temperatures will fall Wednesday night.Full Story >
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