US ATTORNEY: Former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Indicted for Additional Federal Charges

Columbia, South Carolina —- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Daniel Edward Johnson, 47, Former Fifth Circuit Solicitor and resident of Blythewood, South Carolina, was charged in a 36-count Superseding Indictment by a federal Grand Jury in Columbia for Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Theft of Federal Funds, False Statements, Conversion of Federal Funds, and Obstruction of Justice.

Johnson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice charges; a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the Theft of Federal Funds and Conversion of Federal Funds charges; and a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for the False Statements charge.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Winston D. Holliday, Jr., Alyssa Leigh Richardson, and William C. Lewis of the Columbia office are prosecuting the case.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.