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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina –--United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Columbia Man Charged with Indecent Exposure
Charles Willis Lamb, age 42, of Columbia, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Indecent Exposure, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 13 and South Carolina Code, Section 16-15-130.  The maximum penalty Lamb could receive is 3 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by the United States Protective Services and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Columbia Men Charged with Fraud Scheme
Melvin Anthony Brown, age 47, Shawn Emmerson Peay, age 38, and Ricky Lee Coker, age 52, all of Columbia, were charged in a 2-count Indictment with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Credit Card Fraud, violations of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349 and 1029 respectively. The maximum penalty the three could receive is 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Columbia Woman Indicted for Unemployment Benefits Fraud
Erhonda Tobias, a/k/a “Erhonda Morgan,” age 31, of Columbia, South Carolina was charged in an 8-count indictment.  Erhonda Tobias was charged with Mail Fraud, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 1341 and Theft of Government Property, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 641.  The maximum penalty Tobias could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Labor and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Columbia Man Indicted for Unemployment Benefits Fraud
Anthony Germany, age 47, of Columbia, South Carolina was charged in a 6-count indictment.  Germany was charged with Mail Fraud, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 1341 and Theft of Government Property, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 641.  The maximum penalty Germany could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Labor and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Columbia Woman Indicted for Unemployment Benefits Fraud
Danielle N. Jones, age 29, of Columbia, South Carolina was charged in a 9-count indictment.  Jones was charged with Mail Fraud, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 1341, Fraud Related to a Social Security Number, a violation of Title 42, U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B), and Theft of Government Property, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. § 641.  The maximum penalty Jones could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Labor and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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