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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 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:

Pair Charged with Counterfeiting Currency
Jonathan Savage, age 27, of Florence and Kiarra Corbett, age 24 of Columbia, were charged in a three-count Indictment with criminal conspiracy, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; making counterfeit currency, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 471; and uttering counterfeit currency, a violation of Title 18, United States
Code, Section 472.  The maximum penalty they 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 Wire Fraud
Paul Eady, age 28, of Columbia, was charged in a ten-count Indictment with wire fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.  The maximum penalty Eady 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 Production, Distribution, and Possession of Child Pornography
William Scott Owens, age 34, of Columbia, South Carolina, was charged in a three-count Indictment with Production, Distribution, and Possession of Child Pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a), 2252A(a)(2), and 2252A(a)(5)(B).  The maximum penalty Owens could receive is thirty years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Columbia office for prosecution.  This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Columbia Veterans’ Benefits Fraud
Woodrow Brown, age 50, of Columbia, South Carolina, was charged in a three-count Indictment with Filing False Claims and Veterans’ Benefits Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287 and Title 38, United States Code, Section 6102(b).  The maximum penalty Brown could receive is five years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Columbia 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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