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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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News

Court Calendar

October 24, 2014

ASPCA Assists U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI, Columbia Police in South Carolina Drug, Dog Fighting Investigation

Columbia Violent Gangs Task Force Arrests 24 Gang Cocaine Suppliers

"Aiken Safe Communities:" Two Men Enter Guilty Pleas on Federal Gun Charges

Press Release by United States Attorney Relating to November 2014 Elections

October 23, 2014

Female Gang Member Sentenced for Lying to FBI During Southeast Kidnapping Investigation

October 22, 2014

North Augusta Man Pleads to Possession of Child Pornography

Fort Mill Woman Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Agents

Sentencing Hearing

October 21, 2014

Gaston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Ammunition Charge

Pre-Trial Conference Hearing

October 20, 2014

Over 29,000 Students to Pledge Against Gun Violence

Pre-Trial Conference Hearing

October 10, 2014

Charleston Restaurant Owners Sentenced to Prison

October 8, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

October 7, 2014

Charleston Women Sentenced for Defrauding Crisis Ministries

October 6, 2014

Ron Wilson Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Hide Assets

October 1, 2014

Three Enter Guilty Pleas in Shaw Air Force Base Scheme

September 29, 2014

Notice of Hearing

September 25, 2014

Batesburg Woman Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion

South Carolina State Former Counsel Sentenced in Connection with Kickback Scheme

September 24, 2014

"Bloody Horace" Sentenced in Federal Court to Fourteen Years for Drugs and Guns

September 23, 2014

Columbia Man Sentenced for Straw Puchasing Firearms


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