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Former communications director Nicole Holland pleads guilty in federal court

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The former Director of Communications for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office Nicole Holland pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to two fraud counts, according to the United States Attorney District of South Carolina.

Holland pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

Facts presented in the case showed that from 2011 to March 2018, Holland was employed by former Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson and during that time she used Solicitor’s Office funds to pay for personal expenses.

Using a Solicitor’s Office credit card issued to her to pay for office-related expenses, she made the following unauthorized purchases:

In May 2017, various hotel stays at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Hopkinsville, KY, totaling over $2,700. These charges correlate to Count 11, which is the wire fraud for the August 7, 2017, payment covering these personal expenses.

In March 2017, a $1,020 expense for a family member’s orthodontics treatment that Holland labelled as “tournament sponsorship.” This charge correlates to Count 19, the mailing and receipt of the Bank of America statement ending on March 8, 2017, which contained this expense.

Holland faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a potential fine up to $250,000 if convicted.

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