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Investors, officials discuss new details in AB&C investigation

Posted: Updated: March 27, 2012 07:42 AM
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities say for every layer uncovered, there is a twist and turn in the Atlantic Bullion and Coin ponzi case.

During an investor meeting Monday evening at Tri-County Tech, the attorney general's office confirmed they are looking into what investors have been saying from day one - Ronnie Wilson didn't act alone.

"I would be surprised if we don't amend the complaint to add more defendants," says Tracy Meyers, Senior Assistant Attorney General. "We've identified people who have profited through sales commissions and those people either need to return the money or be added to the complaint or both."

The Attorney General's Office is also looking for anyone who may have even hosted a recruitment party for Atlantic Bullion and Coin to come forward.

Authorities are still investigating claims that Wilson's business, Atlantic Bullion & Coin, was running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme with investors' money. 

Secret Service agents raided his office earlier in March, looking for computers, files and silver. A complaint by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office said investors were told their money was being used to buy silver, but little was purchased for them.

Meanwhile the secret service was asked the question everyone wanted to know: Why is Wilson not in jail?

"Ultimately what we are looking for is justice,"says Tom Griffin of the U.S. Secret Service. "And where we find that justice, I'm not sure yet, but we are getting there and we are getting there at a rapid pace."

It's not the response investors were looking for, but the Secret Service has made it clear that there is a thorough investigation under way.

As for legislators, Rep. Josh Putnam and Sen. Kevin Bryant spoke about new bills they're sponsoring. They say it's to keep investors from being scammed in the future.

"We feel like once a state agency issues a cease and desist order, it needs to be made public," says Putnam.

They say the legislation is so important because in this case, Atlantic Bullion and Coin was issued a cease and desist order back in 1996, but the information was not made available to the public.

They hope to have the new legislation go into law by the end of the year.

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