Aiken attorney faces federal charges

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Aiken – An Aiken attorney faces federal charges in a mail fraud and embezzlement scheme worth millions of dollars.

John Harte, 63, plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering on Sept. 18, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney W. Walter Wilkins Office. He has not yet been sentenced.

Two other attorneys, John O’Connor, 63, and Michael Shavo, 38, both of Columbia, were arraigned Tuesday on 17 charges including conspiring to launder money, mail fraud and misleading federal investigators. Mr. O’Connor could face up to 280 years in prison and a $4 million fine. Mr. Shavo could face 270 years in prison and a $3.75 million fine.

The indictment alleges that the men helped their client, William Trier of Aiken, embezzle millions of dollars from his employer by hiding the stolen money, and transferring it to several shell businesses.

The men must surrender their passports and limit their travel to South Carolina while awaiting trial.

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Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 09/30/09 - 02:11 pm
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wow, used to be a well

wow, used to be a well respected attorney

1941
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1941 10/01/09 - 06:56 am
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He did not start doing this

He did not start doing this yesterday, he just got caught, for doing what he probaly had been doing for years! Good riddance!!

aw8ngjustice
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aw8ngjustice 10/01/09 - 01:14 pm
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What about the judges taking

What about the judges taking bribes? They never get caught do they?

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 10/02/09 - 05:31 am
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If he's an attorney, he's a

If he's an attorney, he's a crook. I paid him ten times what he was worth to represent me in a divorce. Look at all the femal client's he has represented and hit on....Looks like John-Boy got his hand caught in the cookie jar. This just goes to show, the wind doesn't blow in the same diredtion all the time.

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disssman 10/02/09 - 07:52 am
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Does it really Matter. I

Does it really Matter. I have never heard of such a thing. These guts need to hurry up this trial so they will be available to run for public office next cycle. Afterall that is what america needs more of - attorneys to represent us. I mean after all they are the predominant forse in State and Federal Government and they have done such a good job of regulating our lives. Haven't they?

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valley-rat 10/02/09 - 04:01 pm
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John Harte is an egotistical,

John Harte is an egotistical, self centered, unethical, poor excuse for a lawyer. He made he career exploiting the misery of others.
Twelve months is not nearly long enough.

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