$150k settlement to CCSD HR chief for board member’s Facebook comments

The Charleston County School District and its insurer paid a $150,000 settlement to its chief human resources officer for a school board member’s Facebook comments, according to documents obtained under the SC Freedom of Information Act.

  Live 5 Scambusters: You don’t have to pay for a 2020 Census job

  You (Helped) Pay For It: New Children’s Hospital

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

  Live 5 Investigates: What’s in the works to fix a dangerous downtown intersection?

  Live 5 Scambusters: Romance scammer reveals tricks of the trade

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

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  You Paid For It: Councilmember salaries throughout S.C.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

  Cane Bay High School student’s family shares story of son’s suicide to help save others

  Charleston Co. Democratic Party no longer offering guaranteed seats to debate in exchange for $1700+ online sponsorship

  You Paid For It: City security up for bids

  Live 5 Scambusters: Phony Facebook friend lures Lowcountry woman into fake grant scam

  Live 5 Investigates: Who’s Driving the School Bus?

An attempt to confirm school bus drivers in the Lowcountry are being properly screened and backgrounded came to a halt after Live 5 asked Charleston County Schools and its bus contractor for a list of people who are driving CCSD students.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Family scammed trying to buy Monster Jam tickets on Craigslist

A family hoping to enjoy the roar of monster trucks at the North Charleston coliseum lost hundreds of dollars in a ticket scam.

  You Paid For It: Chas. County recycling center

The MRF, the Materials Recovery Facility that’s under construction in Charleston County, will be even bigger than initially announced. Originally planned for 57,000 square feet, county leaders say it will now be around 65,000 square feet.

  Audit reveals serious misuse of tax dollars in Williamsburg Co. Transit System

  Live 5 Scambusters: FedEx delivers scam warning about phishing texts and emails

  Report: Charleston VA medical center’s construction delays increased costs by thousands

  SLED Forensic Artists helping in local cases

  Live 5 Scambusters: Local law enforcement agencies issue warnings about jury duty scams

  You Paid For It: Traffic Congestion Study of Hwy. 17

  Live 5 Scambusters: Clemson fans need to be aware of fake National Championship tickets

Fans planning to make the trek to New Orleans to see Clemson play LSU for the College Football Playoff Championship game need to be aware of ticket scams that are too good to be true.

  Live 5 Scambusters: How and where to report scams

If you've been a victim of a scam, you want someone to pay but may not know how to report it.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Top scams of 2019

Scam artists have been busy in 2019 with new scams and old twists on familiar schemes.

  Woman, mother and brother receive money after filing lawsuits against North Charleston police officers

Bowens says her mother told the officers their actions were racist. Bowens says that's when all three, she, her mother and brother, were handcuffed.

  Seizing money and assets to fund law enforcement efforts

Law enforcement officers in the Lowcountry seized more than a million dollars of money and assets last year that they suspected were related to drugs.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about scams targeting holiday shoppers buying gift cards

An easy last-minute gift idea or stocking stuffer has become a target for scam artists. The Better Business Bureau says scam artists are targeting gift cards during the holidays.

  Customers claim contractor took payments, never completed swimming pools

The dream of swimming or hosting backyard pool parties turned into a nightmare for several Lowcountry couples who all hired the same contractor.

Documents: James Island Charter students spent $680K on bus transportation

James Island Charter High School’s principal estimates having a new bus lot at the school could save more than $200,000 per year in transportation costs for students.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Lowcountry man falls victim to online vehicle scam through eBay Motors

A Lowcountry man trying to buy his grandchildren a truck for Christmas is out hundreds of dollars after falling victim to an online vehicle scam.

  Delay in reporting Narcan use leads to change at Charleston Co. Sheriff’s Office

Narcan is considered a life-saving drug in the ongoing opioid epidemic, but if law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are not reporting when they use it, the medication may not be on hand when it’s needed the most.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Dominion Energy alerts customers about scams during the holidays

Dominion Energy is warning customers about scam calls threatening to shut off power because of overdue bills.

  You Paid For It: Replacing James Island PSD’s oldest fire station

Construction is underway to replace the busiest and oldest fire station in James Island’s Public Service District.

  Video shows man getting inside Camp Road Middle School

Video obtained from the Charleston County School District through the state Freedom of Information Act shows a man who got inside Camp Road Middle School school and walked around for about five minutes.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB calls ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ an illegal pyramid scheme

The Better Business Bureau has put out a warning about the Secret Sister Gift Exchange, calling it a scam and a pyramid scheme.

  Live 5 Investigates: Charleston mayoral race attracted $175k in developer-related money

A look at their donations through State Ethics Commission filings showed both candidates accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people and companies connected to development.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  You Paid For It: Repairs for the storm-damaged Moncks Corner DMV

The Moncks Corner Department of Motor Vehicles office shut down after heavy wind and rain ruined the inside of the building on the Fourth of July.

  Charities breaking the law, soliciting donations while on suspension

Hundreds of charities in South Carolina are collecting money when they aren’t supposed to be and dozens of them were right here in the Lowcountry – taking in money despite being under state suspension.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scam artists impersonate Social Security more than any other agency

Scam artists are trying to get your personal information by impersonating the Social Security Administration more than any other government agency.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Medical brace scam targets Medicare recipients

Scam artists are back to using medical braces in a scheme to defraud Medicare.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  Lowcountry teacher’s certificate reinstated after plea in DUI case

A Lowcountry teacher is cleared to work in education again in South Carolina after she was charged with felony DUI and hitting a police officer three years ago.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sends out scam alerts for Charity Fraud Awareness Week

Charity regulators around the world are sending out alerts before the holiday giving season as part of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week from Oct. 21-25.

  You Paid For It: Police tasers lease

When it comes to police equipment, tasers are relatively new to officers’ hips compared to guns or batons.

  New safety measures planned for Moncks Corner intersection after deadly accident

New safety measures are planned for a dangerous intersection in Moncks Corner after a deadly accident there led to a Live 5 News investigation.

  Two Charleston police officers on leave during investigation into pay for off-duty jobs

The Charleston Police Department placed two two of its officers on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into how officers are paid for working second jobs while they are off-duty.

  Live 5 Scambusters: DirecTV imposters scam Lowcountry man using fake eBay promotion

If you're thinking about cutting the cord or looking for ways to save on your cable bill, beware of scammers who may offer deals too good to be true.

  You Paid For It: Hurricane Debris Clean-up

It’s been nearly two months since the powerful Hurricane Dorian had a deadly impact in the Bahamas and caused quite a mess here in the Lowcountry.

  Charleston County libraries have banned almost 50 people over last 5 years

A review of Charleston County Public Library records show that 49 people have been banned from county libraries since 2014 for a variety of reasons.

  You Paid for It: Classroom supplies

The state budgeted $17.4 million this year to help more than 53,000 public school teachers statewide buy classroom supplies.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Hearing held over files in case of former CCSD employee Marvin Gethers

The attorney representing five children who say they were sexual assault victims of a former Charleston County School District employee went before a judge Thursday to try to get more than 1,300 documents in the case released.

  Former CCSD official agrees to retroactive suspension of teaching certificate

A former Charleston County associate superintendent agreed Tuesday to a two-year suspension of his teaching certificate in connection with his handling of the Marvin Gethers case months after the period of suspension had already ended.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Scammers impersonating Dominion Energy target Lowcountry restaurant

A restaurant owner in North Charleston learned an expensive lesson when she became the latest victim of an ongoing scam impersonating Dominion Energy.

  You Paid For It: 86 new CCSD websites, mobile app

Charleston County schools launched a new way to communicate with students and parents through a total website makeover.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Former Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputy receives $25,000 after suing for wrongful termination

A former deputy has received a payout after he claimed he was wrongfully terminated and defamed.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Email scam asks church members to donate gift cards for cancer patients

A scam artist tried to use a Mount Pleasant pastor’s identity to scam a congregation.

  Mt. Pleasant town attorneys under fire for questioning candidate’s qualifications

Attorneys for the Town of Mount Pleasant are under fire for questioning the qualifications of a candidate for town council.

  Settled in Secret: Court records hide who’s behind a string of child molestation cases

There are tens of thousands of settlements that wind through the court system in our state each year, according to the South Carolina Judicial Department.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC sues largest online dating site for playing role in romance scams

The Federal Trade Commission is going after the biggest online dating service for playing a role in a scam that costs victims more than any other.

  South Carolina chase suspect gets $205k payday after he says deputy ran him over

An Orangeburg County man said a deputy with the county sheriff’s department ran him over during a July 2014 chase that he was leading them on, according to a newly-released lawsuit.

  Live 5 Investigates: No school zone signs on College Park Road

College Park Middle School sits right off College Park Road, which is a five-lane road with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.

  Orangeburg man paid $205k after leading deputies on a chase, complained of leg hurting

An Orangeburg County man who received a payment of $205,000 from a county insurance policy after leading deputies on a chase, jumped from his moving car and ran into the woods during that incident, newly-released incident reports state.

  Seabrook Island family warns of golf cart chargers following fire

A Seabrook Island family is raising the alarm after a rental golf cart ignited in their driveway, catching their home on fire.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Recognizing a car wrap scam

Companies will pay you to turn your own car into a rolling advertisement, but not every opportunity is real.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Avoiding disaster scams after Hurricane Dorian

A few common scams pop up after hurricanes and other natural disasters and scam artists target victims who may already be vulnerable.

SC authorities warn residents about property repair scams after Hurricane Dorian

Officials with the department of labor, licensing and regulation want to warn South Carolina property owners about scams following Hurricane Dorian

  Live 5 Investigates: Baby’s photo posted by hospital worker without permission

A Summerville mother was notified by MUSC that a picture of her baby was posted online without her permission and it’s not the first time the family received a letter about privacy violations at the hospital.

  Live 5 Scambusters: The importance of reporting every scam

As federal investigators track down scam artists, consumer scam reports could provide a key piece of evidence to solve a case.

  You Paid For It: State-funded Pre-K

Pre-kindergarten programs help kids improve social and academic skills and can even help reduce future crime, according to the National Education Association.

  Researcher sues MUSC, receives $35K settlement

A recent payout on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina involves a doctor who sued the University of South Carolina alleging that an inappropriate relationship between a fellow researcher and a supervisor led to harassment and emotional distress.