WCBD News 2
by: Dianté Gibbs
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, M. Rhett DeHart, announced on Wednesday that former State Department employee, Roudy Pierre-Louis was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison following a guilty plea after embezzling over $150,000 in a wire fraud scheme.
According to officials, Pierre-Louis (49) submitted fraudulent cash advance vouchers and documents in the names of Haitian Nationals with forged signatures of requesting and approving Department of Defense (DoD) supervisors.
DoD released cash funds to Pierre-Louis, unaware of the fraudulent documents, which were reimbursed. Between 2015 to August 2018, at least $156,950 was embezzled by Pierre-Louis in his wire fraud scheme.
Pierre-Louis formerly worked for the Embassy of Haiti as a budget analyst for the Security Coordination Office where he managed the accounting for DoD associated with SCO.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced Pierre-Louis to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by three-year court-ordered supervision.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – With the omicron COVID-19 variant popping up in several parts of the world, and now the U.S., doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina are working to see if it is here in the state.
MUSC lab staff said they have been working 24/7 to track COVID-19 mutations and variants. Now, that means watching closely for the omicron variant.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- A monument for first responders is now open to the public at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
The monument is finished after two years of work lead by Town Councilmember Gary Santos and honors current and past first responders.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to explore the history of the Lowcountry. This week, we take a look at a lesser-known piece of Charleston’s Civil War history: Castle Pinckney.
The barely-visible, overgrown island located in the middle of Charleston harbor near Fort Sumter, was granted to Colonel Alexander Parris, treasurer of the South Carolina colony, in 1711. But by 1746, the island, known as Shute’s Folly, was divided up and sold to rice planter Johnathan Lucas and Henry Laurens, president of the Continental Congress.