22 indicted in Murphy Village racketeering and fraud case

22 indicted in Murphy Village racketeering and fraud case

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Twenty-two people have been indicted in a RICO conspiracy, which officials say was based out of Murphy Village near North Augusta.

The indictment, which was filed in South Carolina, alleges that the twenty-two people listed are co-conspirators in a criminal enterprise. It states that Murphy Village is an insular, tight-knit community in Edgefield County, founded by the self-identified "Travelers." The documents go on to say that the people of Murphy Village own large homes, luxury vehicles, and expensive jewelry and clothes -- many of which were gained through fraud.

All twenty-two of the alleged co-conspirators are charged with a forty-five count indictment of Racketeering and other fraudulent crimes, including Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, Monetary Transactions and Structuring Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirements. The indictment alleges that the co-conspirators defrauded the state of South Carolina and Federal Government by reporting false information about their income and employment to the SNAP food stamp program and Medicaid. The co-conspirators are also accused of defrauding financial institutions and life insurance companies.

From North Augusta, South Carolina

  • Hannah Carroll
  • Rose M. Mulholland
  • Kim Mulholland
  • Caroline Sherlock
  • Catherine Carroll
  • Anthony Carroll
  • Johnny M. Sherlock
  • Mary Rita Sherlock
  • Jimmy Gorman
  • Leslie Gorman
  • Leslie Ann Sherlock
  • Jimmy J. Carroll
  • Mary Costello
  • Mary Gorman Carroll
  • Renee Carroll
  • Rose S. Mulholland
  • Susan Sherlock
  • Tommy Sherlock
  • William Carroll
  • Johnny Mack

From Augusta, Georgia:

  • Leonard New
  • Angela Askew

Being charged with a RICO Conspiracy carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Mail and Wire Fraud each carry a maximum sentence of twenty years and a $250,000 fine. Structuring carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine. And the charge of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Items carries a maximum sentence of twenty years and a $250,000 fine.

The investigation that led to these indictments was long-term, involving the FBI, U.S. Marshal's Server, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, S.C. Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and S.C. Department of Social Services.

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