West Ashley business owner charged with fraudulent crimes

West Ashley business owner charged with fraudulent crimes

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The owner of a West Ashley business appeared in bond court Saturday morning, facing multiple charges for fraudulent crimes.

Nicole Soriano, 35, is the owner and operator of Looking 4 Local, a re-sell shop located in the 2200 block of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

There are multiple accounts of victims giving Soriano large sums of money, assuming to invest in a new store that Soriano claimed she would open in the Long Point Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant within the near future, according to officials.

Soriano received investments ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, each time promising investors a percentage of the new store's profits. However, once the money was in Soriano's possession, it was spent at her own personal discretion with no intent to invest it back into the business, officials say.

Upon appearing in bond court Saturday morning, Soriano was facing three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of larceny under false pretenses. In addition to those charges, Soriano is also facing four counts of drawing fraudulent check, jail records show.

Soriano was issued a $20,820 bond.

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