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Marvin Pendarvis Investigation: Scope Expanding

Lawmaker “had help” in alleged theft, bribery scam …

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A recently launched criminal investigation into South Carolina state representative Marvin Pendarvis could involve numerous alleged victims – and potentially multiple alleged accomplices – sources familiar with the early stages of the inquiry have confirmed to this media outlet.

Pendarvis, 34, of North Charleston, S.C., is a Democratic lawyer-legislator. He has represented S.C. House District 113 since 2017 and is – or was – considered a rising star in Palmetto politics.

Last week, a bombshell civil lawsuit accused Pendarvis of defrauding his former client – Adrian Lewis of Charleston, S.C. – by settling a lawsuit brought in Lewis’ name against the Dorchester County sheriff’s office without Lewis’ knowledge or approval. Pendarvis allegedly pulled off this deception by forging Lewis’ signature on the settlement agreement. Once Lewis uncovered the truth, Pendarvis allegedly attempted to bribe his former client into keeping silent about his duplicitous behavior.

“How much you need the check for?” Pendarvis wrote in a text message to Lewis contained in the latter’s civil suit. “Answer the question, man. How much?”

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“Let’s handle this shit,” Pendarvis wrote in another text message. “You’re not telling me what you need.”

When Lewis refused to respond to these entreaties, Pendarvis allegedly showed up at the home of his former client and told him he had $50,000 “in cash” in a black bag – money which he could give him right then and there. He added he could secure another $25,000 and would write him a check to pay his mortgage – all if Lewis would agree not sue Pendarvis, according to the complaint (.pdf).

The lawsuit was filed on Lewis’ behalf last week by Lexington, S.C.-based attorneys Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter.

The following day, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed it was investigating Pendarvis for possible criminal activity based on a referral from the office of S.C. first circuit solicitor David Pascoe. Neither the agency nor the solicitor was immediately available to comment on the status of the probe, however.

Sources close to the investigation told our media outlet this week that SLED is investigating reports from “several other alleged victims” of Pendarvis. More ominously, the agency is reportedly investigating allegations that the powerful lawyer-legislator may have “had help” in his efforts to blackmail Lewis – as well as defraud other current or former clients.

That investigation has reportedly involved the questioning of at least one of Pendarvis’ fellow state lawmakers.

As of this writing, Pendarvis has not been charged criminally – nor has anyone else been identified publicly as a person of interest in connection with the investigation.

Count on this media outlet to stay on top of the latest developments in connection with the investigation into Pendarvis, which we are told has sent shock waves through the corridors of power at the S.C. State House.


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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and eight children.

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5 comments

Sheriff Buford T. Justice Top fan April 15, 2024 at 7:37 pm

Marvin looks like the shit fixin to hit the fan.

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J Doe April 16, 2024 at 11:29 am

In the underlying case, there is a consent order substituting Pendarvis in as counsel. It is purportedly signed by Lewis, but it is the same signature as on the release, which was supposedly forged? Did Pendarvis forge that signature too? Was the first attorney aware that it was a fraudulent signature?

Lewis’ release was witnessed and notarized by Amenhotep Myers, an attorney in Charleston. He should have known that what he was witnessing and notarizing was false, so he might be in trouble as well.

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AC Top fan April 17, 2024 at 8:02 am

I can say one thing whether you like his politics or not, Pascoe has no problem prosecuting lawbreakers no matter their political ilk.

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Michael Covert Top fan April 17, 2024 at 8:40 am

Never…ever, a dull moment

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Anonymous May 7, 2024 at 2:06 pm

Well as I know and I’m Adrian Lewis mother Marvin Pendarvis contacted me as well and I have text to prove that he wanted me to ask Adrian not to sue him. I was in the middle from December to March 27th

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