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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