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SLED: Man charged in running Greenville bartending school without license

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Christopher Nelson (Source: Greenville County Detention Center) Christopher Nelson (Source: Greenville County Detention Center)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A North Carolina man has been arrested after agents said he continued to operate a bartending school in Greenville years after it lost its license.

According to Thom Berry with SLED, 47-year-old Christopher Nelson was charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, valued at $2,000 or more.  

Warrants stated Nelson continued to operate ABC Bartending School, located at 205 Pete Hollis Blvd., in Greenville County, for more than six years after being notified by the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education to cease and desist operation.

Warrants said the school's nonpublic post secondary license was revoked on Jan. 5, 2007.

Officers said notifications were sent to the school repeatedly until August 27, 2012, according to warrants.

Warrants said a witness paid ABC Bartending School to enroll as late as Jan. 5, 2010 and was  never given the opportunity to go to class or receive any instruction.

The school also ignored her repeated requests for a refund, warrants said.

Berry said the offense is a felony, punishable with up to five years in prison or a fine upon conviction.

He said SLED investigated the case at the request of the S.C. Commission for Higher Education.

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