Fraud

WATCH: Two Women Sought in Fraud Case, Sheriff Says

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WOLO) – Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are looking for two women who they say committed fraud. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the suspects went to the Target and Kohl’s located on Two Notch Road on Saturday, May 7th and opened store credit cards racking up over $1,000 in gift card purchases. One suspect is in…

Minister Convicted in $5 Million Tax Scam

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court jury in Cleveland has convicted a traveling minister from Arkansas in a tax refund scam that prosecutors say totaled nearly $5 million. Fifty-eight-year-old Allen Miles of Little Rock, Arkansas, was convicted Tuesday on conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft charges. Prosecutors say a scheme by Miles and a co-defendant resulted in more than 2,700…

Police: Suspect Wanted for Cloning Credit Card

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are looking for a suspect wanted for cloning a credit card and using it to make fradulent purchases. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the suspect stole the victim’s credit card information and made purchases at the Walmart located at 321 Killian Road on Monday, February 1. The suspect…

Justice Department Sues to Permanently Shut Down 3 Columbia-Area Liberty Tax Service Franchises

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Three Columbia-area, South Carolina Liberty Tax Service franchises are accused of deliberately preparing false federal income tax returns in order to increase their customers’ refunds, according to a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department. The United States’ complaint asks the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to permanently bar the alleged…