Federal indictments charge 2 North Augustans

COLUMBIA -- Two North Augusta residents are among a handful of people facing federal grand jury indictments, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Wednesday.

Pat Carroll, 55, and Courtney Carroll, 27, were charged in a two-count indictment with Social Security fraud. If found guilty, they face as much as 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

They are accused of committing the fraud from approximately August 2008 through June 2012.   The grand jury said the Carrolls knew of an event that would have changed the elder Carroll's initial and continued right to receive benefits but acted with fraudulent intent when they failed to notify the Social Security Administration.

If they are convicted, the indictment says the pair would forfeit any of their proceeds that were obtained directly or indirectly from their offenses, with a minimum set at $20,201. However, an exact dollar amount the pair had allegedly obtained fraudulently was not provided Wednesday.

Other indictments not related to the Carrolls' case were for possession of child pornography and evasion of tobacco tax.

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