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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Contact Person:  Beth Drake (803) 929-3061

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

 

Ten Individuals Charged with Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.  The following individuals were charged in a single-count Indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

 

Richard K. Rouse, age 44, of Donalds, South Carolina

Bernard Williams, age 50, of Clinton, South Carolina

Carlton C. Fuller, age 47, of Cross Hill, South Carolina

Earl J. Stewart, age 57, of New Orleans, Louisiana

James W. Reeder, age 45, of Joanna, South Carolina

Paul J. Gibson, age 60, of Johnston, South Carolina 

Willie L. Fuller, age 58, of Greenwood, South Carolina

Leonard T. Hawthorne, age 50, of Clinton, South Carolina

Meredith Q. Williams, age 52, of Greenwood, South Carolina

Clarence Holloway, age 58, of Troy, South Carolina

 

The maximum penalty each could receive is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.00.   The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

 

Anderson County Woman Indicted for Delay of Mail.  Georgia L. Coker, age 22, of Belton, South Carolina, was charged in a single-count Indictment with delay of mail by a postal employee, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1703.  The maximum penalty Coker could receive is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.00.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney David C. Stephens of the Greenville office for prosecution.

 

Greenville Man Indicted on Drug Charges.  Keith E. Smith, age 36, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a single-count Indictment with possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).   The maximum penalty Smith could receive is a minimum term of imprisonment of ten years and a maximum term of life imprisonment and a fine of $8,000,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., 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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Updated June 9, 2015