Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA – Two men involved in a 2008 bizarre fraud case costing a third man his left hand were sentenced in federal court Friday.
David Player, 58, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, and Gerald Hardin, 35, was sentenced to three years after both men pleaded guilty earlier this year in the fraud case.
In May 2008 in Sumter, Player was described by prosecutor Winston Holliday as being the "mastermind" in the case and persuaded 52-year-old Michael Weaver to allow Hardin to sever his left arm in order to get insurance money.
After becoming intoxicated, Weaver and Hardin performed the act, ultimately moving along on Player's plan.
WIS previously reported that Hardin and Player took Weaver to Toumey Medical Center, claiming they were cutting tree branches with a pole saw when it slipped and cut off Weaver's hand. Instead, federal investigators said Player and Hardin tied Weaver's arm to a tree branch and sawed off the hand with a pole saw.
Player then filed an insurance claim as Weaver's power of attorney, and the insurance company settled the case for $375,000. Several more checks were then sent out by Hartford insurance company, totaling $671,125. Player has been ordered to repay that amount in restitution.
How the restitution will be divided will be revisited at a hearing in 90 days once all claims are reviewed.
Federal officials previously told WIS that Player used the money to buy a house for his son, build a storage unit on his property and buy a Dodge Dakota for Hardin.
"Player made decisions to use policies, recruit accomplices, planned and organized the incident," said Judge Cameron McGowan Currie. "He controlled the funds from start to finish. (Holliday's)assessment of Player as the mastermind is accurate."
Player and Hardin, who appeared in court separately Friday, each apologized to the court and their families for their actions.
"This is the most aggravated fraud case I've ever seen,"Currie said.
Once Player is released from prison, he will be on three years probation, while undergoing drug testing and conspiracy and credit counseling. Hardin, who has been out on bond, will also have three years probation upon his release from prison, when he will also have to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>