Arrest made over securities fraud
David H. Thompson, of the 300 block of Sudlow Road, was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 9 on charges related to securities fraud.
Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a civil order against Thompson ordering him to cease and desist from violations of the South Carolina Securities Act and ordering him to pay a $10,000 fine, according to a news release.
Thompson was charged with two counts of breach of trust, and one count of forgery in arrest warrants obtained by the Aiken County sheriff.
He was released on a $30,000 bond, the attorney general’s office said.
The order and warrants allege that Thompson sold membership interests totaling at least $360,000 in a corporation named Mossy Development, LLC. The money collected was to be used to develop a subdivision called Mossy Oak in North Augusta.
Wilson said Thompson diverted that money instead to his personal use and to other entities that he owned or controlled.
Inmate makes markings on cell
A 20-year-old North Augusta man in custody at North Augusta Public Safety used a rock to write and draw on the wall of his cell Feb. 8.
According to an incident report, dispatch notified an officer that Preston Aaron Looper, of Conifer Court, was writing on the wall with an object.
Looper showed the officer that he had a small rock and admitted to writing “Augusta Ga” on the cell’s wall.
The officer also found many other words and symbols scratched into the cell’s gray paint, including a Maltese cross.
Air conditioning units are taken
Three central air conditioning units were reported stolen Feb. 5 from Bradleyville Apartments LLC.
The thief cut all the electrical and freon lines and took the units between 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and 10 a.m. Feb. 5, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The estimated value of the stolen units is $5,400.