A grand jury Wednesday handed up the indictment against Sheriff Michael Johnson. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors say Johnson created the fake police reports so customers of the credit repair business could claim their overdue bills were caused by identity fraud. The indictment against Johnson estimates the scheme was used in over 130 credit reports.
Johnson didn't return a message left at the sheriff's office and there was no answer at his home. Court papers didn't list a lawyer.
Johnson is the sixth sheriff in South Carolina's 46 counties to face criminal charges in the past four years.