Lee Correctional Institution. Photo: AP/Sean Rayford
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Months after a U.S. Army veteran killed himself in his Greenville apartment, police officers have charged several inmates involved in a so-called "sextortion" scheme that investigators say may have driven him to the brink.
Thomas Brock, a South Carolina man who betrayed his wife, double-crossed a friend and cheated the federal government of more than $150 million in military construction contracts, will be going to federal prison for 51 months.
Then-Pfc. Jared Johns sends holiday greetings from Afghanistan in 2013. (DoD/Joint Hometown News Service)
The parents of an Army veteran who committed suicide in September 2018 believe he took his life immediately after he was targeted by inmates in a South Carolina prison as part of a sprawling sextortion ring, The Greenville News reports.
South Carolina inmates managed to blackmail 442 U.S. service members from across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines out of more than $560,000 as part of a sprawling sextortion ring, Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials announced on Wednesday.
The U.S. military has “quite literally surrounded” the East Coast states that Hurricane Florence is expected to hit with personnel and equipment, which are poised to swoop in to help people in need, said Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command.