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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2012

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:

Kershaw Man Charged with Passing Counterfeit Currency. 
Ryan Scott Jordan, age 50, of Lugoff, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Passing Counterfeit Currency, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472.  The maximum penalty Jordan could receive is 20 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.

West Columbia Woman Charged with Wire and Credit Card Fraud.
 
Karen M. Williamson, age 45, of West Columbia, was charged in a 14-count Indictment with 13 counts of wire fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 and one count of credit card fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Williamson could receive is 20 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 Man Charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods.
Yusef Bilal Hameen, also known as Joseph Noel Parker, age 58, of Columbia, was charged in a two count Indictment with trafficking in counterfeit goods, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2320(a) and criminal copyright infringement, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2319.  The maximum penalty Hameen could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.  The case was investigated by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Hopkins Man Charged with Burglary of Controlled Substances. 
Ted Richardson, age 51, of Hopkins, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with burglary of a controlled substance, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2118(b).  The maximum penalty Richardson could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.

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

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