Ron Wilson Convicted on Still More Counts
A chandelier seized from Ron Wilson’s home and sold at auction to repay his victims. Via FoxCarolina.
Looks like Ron Wilson, the former SCV Commander-in-Chief who went to federal prison in 2012 for masterminding a decade-long, $57M ponzi scheme — one that ran concurrently with his tenure as C-in-C — wasn’t done cheating his victims:
Ron Wilson pleaded guilty Monday [October 6, 2014] to a conspiracy charge for hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars with his wife and brother after his $57.4 million Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2012. Wilson admitted giving an envelope with $7,000 in it, as well as ammunition canisters with $164,300 and $172,859 to his brother and his estranged wife for holding in case he were ever released. The first canister was recovered by Secret Service agents in 2012, the second canister was recovered in March this year. . . . An August indictment charges Tim Wilson, Ron’s brother, and Cassie Wilson, Ron’s estranged wife, with being involved in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and conceal assets. Cassie Wilson and Tim Wilson have each requested a delay in their court appearances and are scheduled to appear in court in December. “As a general matter, when a co-conspirator pleads guilty, it does not usually bode well for the others,” Watkins said.
The money Wilson, his wife, and brother are accused of hiding from investigators would have gone to make partial restitution for his victims. Efforts to recover Wilson’s ill-gotten gain continue. When Ron Wilson was sentenced in 2012, Tim presented himself as a victim, saying,
“I too was a victim of this scam,” the younger Wilson said, through tears. “He never intended to steal that money.”
If the feds’ allegations in this new indictment are correct, those people oughter go away for a long, long time.
You can read the backstory here. Wilson, along with close allies like the odious Kirk Lyons, was a primary mover in the upheaval in the SCV fifteen years or so ago, that resulted in a wide-scale purge of insufficiently un-reconstructed individuals and camps, in favor of a more confrontational, activist group — what Lyons called “a modern, 21st century Christian war machine capable of uniting the Confederate community and leading it to ultimate victory.” Whatever the SCV is today, good, bad, or indifferent, it has Wilson’s nasty, avaricious fingerprints all over it, and will for years to come.
Anyway, enough about that crook. Here are some more items that may be of interest:
- Over at SHPG, Tom Perry is very upset that the Danville Museum is seeking to remove a Confederate flag from its grounds. Also, he wants to know where Danville is.
- The Veterans Administration is looking into the claim that a headstone at Woodlawn National Cemetery, near Elmira, carries the wrong name. Good.
- Reportedly no one got seriously injured in this mess. Someone’s been living right.
- A couple of students hung a Confederate flag at Bryn Mawr; Steve Conn chalks it up to ignorance of history.
- After fourteen years of conservation work, specialists at the Warren Lasch Center in Charleston are finally exposing the actual hull plating of the submersible Hunley.
- The Seven Days: The Emergence of Robert E. Lee and the Dawn of a Legend by Clifford Dowdey, with an introduction by Jeff Wirt, is $1.99 for Kindle (thanks, Chellers!).