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White Collar Crime


Turner Padget’s White Collar Crime Group is led by René Josey, the former chief federal prosecutor for South Carolina.  As a United States Attorney, René participated in over a dozen felony criminal trials in every active federal division of the State.  In private practice, he has participated in a like number of trials as well as numerous appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. In private practice, René has also handled matters throughout the State including with most solicitor’s offices.

Our group has advised both individuals and business entities under investigation by regulatory and law enforcement agencies, both local/state and federal, including the SEC, the OCC, EPA, FBI, ATF, HHS, IRS, DHEC, SLED, LLR (Dental Board, Pharmacy Board, Nursing Board, Building Code Council, Accounting Board), the State Grand Jury, the Federal Grand Juries, the State Attorney General, the United States Department of Justice, and the State DOR.  We have represented corporations and persons undergoing parallel proceedings in both civil and criminal forums including government civil damage claims under the False Claims Act.

In addition to prosecutorial and criminal defense experience, our group has knowledge and experience in the areas of accounting, banking, taxation, and business structures and transactions.  As a result, members of this practice group are experienced in conducting or assisting internal corporate investigations.

Representative Engagements

  • Convinced state and federal law enforcement not to prosecute, or to defer prosecution of, various matters including alleged cases of assault, civil right’s violations, insurance fraud, securities fraud, immigration crimes, larceny, lottery fraud, and pension fraud.
  • Assisted crime victims with prosecutorial interactions, investigative tasks, and recovery of restitution.  Also assisted corporate and institutional clients with internal investigations and dismissal of rogue employees.
  • Successfully expunged the juvenile record of a client after convincing the South Carolina Supreme Court that the trial court had misapplied the eligibility statute.
  • Defended financial institutions against federal investigations and customer complaints.
  • Advised accountants throughout state and federal criminal investigations and related SEC investigations related to financial failure of a publicly traded company.
  • Counseled a charitable trust with regard to oversight investigation by the state attorney general’s office.
  • Guided grand jury witnesses, both targets and non-targets, through anticipated testimony.
  • Assisted a corporation in an internal investigation regarding embezzlement of funds.
  • Directed accounting group and board committee in internal investigation at financial institution.