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SC Rep To Plead Guilty To Federal Charges

S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (RINO-Georgetown) will plead guilty to federal charges in connection with his role in a stem cell harvesting operation. Goldfinch’s role in this criminal enterprise – first exposed by FITS – has now been confirmed by The Georgetown (S.C.) Times. In an interview with the paper, Goldfinch…

S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (RINO-Georgetown) will plead guilty to federal charges in connection with his role in a stem cell harvesting operation.

Goldfinch’s role in this criminal enterprise – first exposed by FITS – has now been confirmed by The Georgetown (S.C.) Times.

In an interview with the paper, Goldfinch blamed his forthcoming guilty plea on Dr. Vincent Dammai – a Texas-based molecular biologist and former Medical University of South Carolina professor who pleaded guilty this summer to a misdemeanor charge of “mislabeling” stem cells.

“Unfortunately, the FDA regulations differ from state laws, and provide that partners, like myself, are responsible for their employees or independent contractors, regardless of knowledge or intent,” Goldfinch told the paper. “Therefore, I will have no choice but to plead guilty, since I was a partner and did have responsibility for my wayward contractor.”

Dammai has vigorously protested his innocence in the matter – and sources familiar with the scam tell FITS he was duped into participating by Goldfinch. They say Goldfinch concocted an elaborate plot to profit from the illegal organ trade while pinning the blame for everything on Dammai in the event something went wrong – which it clearly did.

As noted in our original report, the stem cells involved in this scam were obtained through two Conway, S.C. birthing clinics – and routed through MUSC. Sources tell FITS public funds may have been misappropriated in connection with the operation.

Goldfinch was elected to his seat last November, replacing a solid free market supporter – Kevin Ryan. Until this scandal broke, he was best known for his efforts to purchase the Charleston School of Law with public money.

UPDATE: Well that didn’t take long … the chairman of the Georgetown County Republican Party has issued a statement on Goldfinch’s behalf in response to the charges. Its relevant passage: “Representative Goldfinch continues to be an outstanding legislator and represents well the people and concerns of his constituents in the 108th District. His record of accomplishment has far exceeded that typically achieved by freshman legislators. By accepting responsibility and bringing this matter to a swift conclusion, it will not be a distraction from his work as the General Assembly reconvenes in January.”

 UPDATE II: Hey South Carolina, “You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by … a smooth criminal.”

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16 comments

Mike at the Beach November 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Isn’t it fun to watch when all the little rats start pointing their fingers at each other? I wonder who got the best deal? Usually depends on who squealed first (or loudest). As usual with these types, though, only a faux stab at any kind of personal responsibility. Poor Goldfinch, done in by a “wayward contractor.” Yet another cliche- “I dint know nuttin!” Sounds a little like BHO.

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You know me November 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

So let me get this straight…this fecal matter isn’t going to prison?

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Mike at the Beach November 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I don’t know, but I would think not. This is what a worked out plea arrangement looks like for a white collar, daddy’s boy, no criminal record, federal misdemeanor kinda guy. Probably get some of that country-club / old boy federal probabtion, or maybe even just a fat (or not-so-fat) fine.

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Stephen's tossed jail salad November 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

More pics of his hot wife please.

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Manray November 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Gotta love the SC GOP: “Representative Goldfinch continues to be an outstanding legislator and represents well the people… in the 108th District.” So the fact he’s guilty of involvement in a criminal enterprise “will not be a distraction from his work as the General Assembly reconvenes in January.” I guess an admission of guilt doesn’t disqualify him from the state legislature. In fact in SC, it’s a plus!

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Mike at the Beach November 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

I’ve even heard other legislative folks dogging this clown. Maybe the party down there knows something great about him that we haven’t heard yet; or maybe they’re just party-hack assclowns…

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nitrat November 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

Or, like Thomas Ravenel, maybe he knows all the dirt on them.

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Boz Martin November 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Another winner from the down around heah.

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dude November 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Can a criminally convicted man still be a member of SC Legislature?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Heh.
You must be new around these parts.

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dwb619 November 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

o, I take that the “family values” party has taken up some of the Demo’s habits?
Who would have ever thunk it.
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!
I trully miss BIG T!

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Georgetown sucks November 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

On another high note for Georgetown the city mayor Jack Scoundrel has had a tax lien placed on his house because he failed to pay his state income taxes. Georgetown… the most corrupt county in this corrupt state.

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Jesus H. Christ! November 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

What the fuck, he’s not resigning? And the Georgetown County GOP has endorsed him?

Sonofabitch!

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Jesus H. Christ! November 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

NOTHING on the Un News website about this. Either they’re so pissed at being scooped they’re gonna pretend like it didn’t happen, or this is just part of their pattern of ignoring Georgetown County except when there’s a disaster (fire, redneck reality show).

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GrandTango November 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Obama used the IRS to persecute Conservatives and Obama and Hilliary let 4 Americans, they were supposed to protect, perish…..What about the willful and blatant lies and corruption surrounding ObamaCare…Yet Obama and Hilliary are Heroes to FITS and the filtth on the left.

A Republican fails to conform to the byzantine government reguations related to life-saving biological technology…and FITS $#!* all over himself because the guy is a Republican…

Hey FITS, get Harpo’s and Obama’s members out your mouth…you ignorant and corrupt F@*k…

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Freudian Slipz November 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Go wach some gay porn. Apparently fantisizing about Dems sucking cock keeps showing up in your delusional rants.

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