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Highway Patrol dispatcher charged with bank fraud

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Dominique Pearson (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office) Dominique Pearson (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – SC Highway Patrol dispatcher Dominique Dewayne Pearson lost his job after being arrested on bank fraud charges.

Pearson had been employed by the Department of Public Safety since 2006 before his termination on Dec. 7, working as a dispatcher in the Florence Telecommunication Center.

"Although our TCOs are civilian employees, they are expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and to protect sensitive information just as we would expect from a law enforcement officer," said Col. Mike Oliver, Commander of the SCHP. "While our internal investigation continues in this matter, we want the public to be assured that this is not a systemic issue and we have strict safeguards in place regarding the use of sensitive information. In this isolated case, an employee took information used during the legitimate course of his duties and used that to commit a criminal act.

"Because of the very serious implications of such a crime, however, we made the decision to swiftly terminate Mr. Pearson from the Department as soon as we learned of his impending arrest and we will be working with local law enforcement to assist in the prosecution of this matter."

Major Carlos Raines says Pearson obtained the victim's personal information, using it to open a bank account and made an online transfer of approximately $37,000 to another account he opened.

Pearson turned himself in on Friday to face charges for financial identity fraud and bank fraud.

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