A Darlington man pleaded guilty to mail fraud last week ending a long, elaborate scam that involved fake letters from his creditors that fooled even credit agencies.
Larry Hickman, age 44 of Darlington, pleaded guilty in a Florence courtroom Thursday to charges of mail fraud. Prosecutors said Hickman filed disputes with Equifax and other credit rating agencies saying he did not have as many bad debts as were shown on his credit reports. To prove it, he showed letters between him and his creditors showing that someone else had been obtaining loans in his name.
However, the letters were fake. Hickman had created them to get a better credit history. Officials said Hickman was successful and was able to obtain loans for that which he would have otherwise been unqualified. Prosecutors said Hickman’s loans caused more than $38,000 in losses.
Hickman could face a fine of up to $1 million and 30 years in jail.