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Indian Land arrest leads to swindling charges

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By Chris Sardelli

 A check on a group of people soliciting for a church along an Indian Land road turned up two people wanted in Charleston. 

Kisha Brown, 34, of Tampa, Fla., and Warren Wendall Phillips, 42, of Pensacola, Fla., were both arrested June 26 on outstanding warrants for swindling, per the S.C. Judicial Department online case database. 

Deputies found the pair and two other people, Serina Washington and Anthony Bennett, while patrolling the 9000 block of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) at about 10:30 a.m. June 26, according to a Lancaster Count Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

The deputies noticed the four people were collecting money in the road at the intersection of Charlotte and Fort Mill highways. 

The four told deputies they were collecting money for New Life church in San Antonio, Texas.

Deputies informed the group they were breaking the law by soliciting in the road and issued all four of them tickets, the report said. 

After checking their names through the National Criminal Information Center database, deputies discovered Brown and Phillips were both wanted in Charleston.

Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said bench warrants had been filed on both people.

“They had failure to appear charges out of Charleston for not going to court,” Shaw said. 

Per court records from the Ninth Judicial Circuit, which covers Charleston County, both Brown and Phillips were arrested Jan. 21 for swindling and were due in court March 19. 

Neither attended the court hearing and both were tried in absence and found guilty in a bench trial, per judicial department records. 

Arrest warrants were then filed for both people. 

Each faces a fine and at least 30 days in jail for the swindling charge, though it was unknown Friday, July 7, if they face further fines or jail time for the failure to appear charge. 

The pair was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center until members of the Charleston Police Department could pick them up, the report said. 

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416