FBI investigating cross-burning outside suspect's house
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The FBI is investigating after someone burned a cross outside the house of a man accused of posing as a social worker to take advantage of vulnerable adults.
Investigators have handed the case over to the FBI due to the possibility of the incident being considered a hate crime.
Smith, 45, was arrested Sunday for unauthorized practice as a social worker after police said he housed several vulnerable adults without providing adequate care. The Department of Social Services took the adults into emergency protective custody after some were found sick with open sores on their bodies.
Smith's son says his dad did not take advantage of the men. "If you get out and talk with the guys, they would tell you they were never mistreated," said the son. "You know it just got blown out of proportion."
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