Deputies: 8 More Charged in Scam Ring

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By Crandall Sims

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- "Since your story aired on WOLO, we actually had six people turn themselves in yesterday. As a matter of fact, the day of your broadcast, one person came in immediately afterwards," says Investigator Odell Glenn of the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Investigator Glenn talked with ABC Columbia News Tuesday afternoon about the latest arrests involving an alleged scam ring.

"Once people, friends, relatives saw the broadcast they got in contact with the individuals we were looking for," says Glenn

Just last week, ABC Columbia News spoke with one of the individuals charged in the case. The woman did not want to be identified, but told ABC Columbia News that she didn't know what she was doing was illegal.

The entire scam, say authorities, was based off of defrauding banks. Investigators say there were four ring leaders who recruited others. Once recruited, the individual would open up a bank account, then give their pin number to someone else and the writing of the bad checks from other fraudulent accounts, say investigators, would start.

Authorities say the scammers defrauded banks across Richland County out of more than $20,000.00 and it may not be over.

"The ring leader is still actively recruiting from what we understand," says Glenn.

The investigation into this case is still ongoing. Eight people are still wanted in connection with this case. If you have any information, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Hootie said on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:29 PM

I'm positive if the interviewed person has an IQ of 80.....she was NOT deceived....she asked if it was legal and was not yes?????REALLY...absolutely do not believe her tale...and I'm also not surprised that all of her friends/neighbors/families in the vilage it takes to raise a child did indeed start calling each other on their assurance phones....you know the ones you qualify for if you are on medicaid or getting government assistance....now the rest of us disenfranchised can continue to pay our own phone bills or have the service shut off. Is this what the American society has become??? Individuals too lazy to work and always with their hand(s) outstretched for a freebie from the good old transparent BO government....

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