Williamsburg County Sheriff Indicted on Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud Charge

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A federal grand jury has indicted Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson on a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Another man, Lester Woods of Columbia, is also facing the same charge.

According to the federal indictment, Woods ran a business that specialized in helping people restore their credit rating. The Grand Jury says Woods would provide Sheriff Johnson with a list of names of people who wanted to get their credit rating up. Johnson would then file false police reports, saying the people were victims of identity fraud or identity theft.

Federal investigators say the two ran the scheme from March 2012 through August 2013. They believe it involved 130 people.

Court documents show the credit reporting company Equifax believes the two falsely reported over $11 million in trade liens and public debt from the 130 credit reports connected to Johnson and Woods.


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