Thursday, April 24 2014 7:35 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:35:26 GMT
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern city of pro-Russian protesters who had been occupying it for over a week.Full Story >
Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said....Full Story >
Thursday, April 24 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:59:43 GMT
The annual Take Back the Night is 6:30 p.m. Thursday starting at the World Peace Bell in Newport. The event brings awareness to the ongoing problems of sexual violence in the community. Here's an agenda:Full Story >
Tonight marks the 25annual Take Back the Night candlelight march in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky.Full Story >
Thursday, April 24 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:52:53 GMT
House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester. File photo
House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, will tour on Thursday Kaivac Cleaning Systems in Hamilton. He'll also address the Middletown Rotary Club. Boehner's visit in Hamilton is expected to bring protesters.Full Story >
House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, will tour on Thursday Kaivac Cleaning Systems in Hamilton.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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Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.Full Story >
Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014. Full Story >
Thursday, April 10 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:53:05 GMT
A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >
WLOX News has uncovered new details about what led investigators to arrest a Long Beach Police officer for three counts of sexual battery involving a minor. A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.Full Story >