Lake Jocassee

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina is one of 93 such offices in the United States.  The United States Attorney is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the President of the United States.  The United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her jurisdiction.  Bill Nettles currently serves as the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina has offices in Columbia, Greenville, Florence and Charleston.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office represents the interests of the United States in civil, criminal and appellate litigation.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office receives civil and criminal referrals from federal agencies and law enforcement, which the U.S. Attorney reviews in deciding whether to bring or defend an action.

The U.S. Attorneys' Offices across the United States conduct the majority of the litigation handled by the Department of Justice.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina prosecutes a wide range of criminal activities, including violent crime, complex financial and bank fraud, counterfeiting, computer fraud, environmental crime, immigration violations, public corruption, organized crime, and complex drug and money laundering activities. The Civil Division defends the interests of the United States in cases where federal agencies are sued for alleged conduct by their officers or employees. These defensive matters include actions seeking monetary damages for personal injury, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, bankruptcy, prisoner litigation, judicial review of agency decisions, Social Security, and actions for injunctive relief, which challenge a federal agency's compliance with federal law or the Constitution. Attorneys in the Civil Division also pursue affirmative civil actions to recover damages for fraud and other offenses against the United States and its agencies, and impose civil penalties for violations of the nation's health, safety and economic welfare laws. Typical cases involve claims for payment submitted to Medicare by health care providers, claims for payment submitted by contractors for government contracts, and claims by individuals for certain federal benefits such as food stamps.   The Civil Division also works with the Department of Justice in enforcing the Voting Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights statutes. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has a third litigating division, the Appellate, Asset Forfeiture and Financial Litigation Division.  This division represents the United States’ interests before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in criminal appeals, and litigates claims on behalf of victims of  federal crime and by the United States to the proceeds from crime and property involved in crime.

For more detailed information on our criminal, civil or appellate program, please tab to the appropriate link at the top of this page under Divisions.

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Court Calendar

July 29, 2014

Gambling Ring Leader Sentenced

July 24, 2014

Hampton County Woman Sentenced in Drug Related Shooting

July 17, 2014

Florence Man Pleads to Possession of Child Pornography

July 16, 2014

Spartanburg Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Easley Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

Travelers Rest Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

July 15, 2014

Three Members of the "Indigenous American Nationals" Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

Aynor Resident Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds, Firearms

Greenville Man Receives 97 Months Imprisonment for Possession of Child Porn

July 11, 2014

Columbia Felon Sentenced to Three Years for Carrying Pistols While Out on Bond

67 Year-Old Church Secretary Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stealing from Churchg

Court Prohibits South Carolina Tax Return Preparer from Preparing Returns for Others

July 10, 2014

Former Conway Pastor Sentenced

July 9, 2014

Columbia Man Sentenced to Life Plus 10 Years in Drug Conspiracy Involving Robbery/Murder

July 8, 2014

Sex Offender Enters Guilty Plea for Failing to Register in Orangeburg

Illegal Re-entry Defendant Sentenced

July 3, 2014

Pinson Guilty of Racketeering

July 1, 2014

Gaston Man Indicted for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm

June 30, 2014

Easley Dentist Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay Over Employment Taxes

June 27, 2014

Columbia Man Admits to Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

June 26, 2014

Five Defendants Appear in Federal Court on Drugs and Firearms Charges After Police Seize in Excess of 26 Pounds of Methamphetamine and Five Firearms

June 25, 2014

Top Two Officers of Joe Gibson Suzuki Guilty as Charged in Federal Court

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