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Deputy charged for drug distribution

ANDERSON, S.C. — A former Anderson County sheriff’s deputy is facing charges including drug distribution.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 31-year-old Mark Alan Miller was arrested Monday and charged with misconduct in office and distribution of a control substance.

Earlier this summer, authorities say Miller conspired to distribute or buy hydrocodone, which is a controlled substance. Warrants say he intended to purchase or distribute the drug from his Anderson home.

It wasn’t immediately known if Miller had an attorney.

Miller is the second Anderson County deputy to face drug charges in less than two weeks. Earlier this month, SLED said Ronald Shane Thompson turned himself in on a charge of illegally possessing hydrocodone after the drug was found in his patrol car.

Former councilman pleads to fraud

COLUMBIA — A former Anderson County councilman pleaded guilty Monday to mail fraud charges in connection with a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, according to federal authorities.

Ronnie Wilson, 64, pleaded guilty in Greenville to two counts of mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said. Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced.

In April, Wilson was charged with mail fraud after authorities said he took millions of dollars from investors through his business, Atlantic Bullion & Coin, but never actually bought them the silver bullion he promised.

Wilson told investigators that he bought the silver and shipped it to customers in 25 states, but he told employees and his customers that the silver was kept in a depository in Delaware. One employee told federal authorities she never saw any silver in the office or any paperwork from the depository, an assertion backed up by U.S. Secret Service investigators.

Authorities have said more than 900 people invested about $90 million with Wilson, who changed receipts to keep the scheme going and lost nearly $60 million of clients’ money. Wilson’s bank accounts have been frozen, and he has been out of jail on $1 million bond.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Wilson has said he will open his books and make full restitution. His attorney declined a request to comment on the case after the hearing.

Haley’s husband deploys with Guard

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley’s husband is being deployed to Afghanistan for nearly a year with South Carolina’s National Guard, state officials said Monday.

This will be the first overseas deployment for Michael Haley, 42, who joined the South Carolina Army National Guard in 2006 and serves as a first lieutenant, according to Guard spokesman Col. Pete Brooks.

Initially a medical service corps officer, he now works in the Guard’s Columbia headquarters as a strategic plans officer.

Haley is being deployed as an individual and will be a liaison between an agricultural unit and Afghan leaders, Brooks said. In recent years, South Carolina Guard units have helped local Afghans improve their agricultural capabilities, Brooks said.

Haley leaves the country in January and is scheduled to return in December.


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