Ron Wilson (politician)

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Ronald Gene Wilson
Anderson County Council District 6
In office
Personal details
Born 1943
Spouse(s) Cassandra Kendall
Residence Easley, South Carolina

Ron Wilson is an Anderson County, South Carolina politician. He was on the Anderson County Council and on the South Carolina Board of Education, a former national commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, serving from 2002 to 2004, when he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the South Carolina Senate representing Anderson County, South Carolina. In 2007 Wilson was elected as the Republican representative for Anderson County Council District 6. A native of Western Tennessee, Wilson is a proponent of the right to secession (although he does not advocate modern secession), and wants "Confederate Southern American" designated as a demographic minority group, citing them as a "separate and distinct people".[citation needed]

Wilson has filed with the Senate Ethics Committee, stating his amount of funds raised at $75,000, including notable contributor Maurice Bessinger.[citation needed]

Wilson formerly hosted a thirty-minute program titled The Hour of Courage on shortwave radio. Before being elected, Wilson served on the South Carolina Board of Education.[citation needed]

Wilson is currently being investigated as the leader of a Ponzi scheme related to his business Atlantic Bullion & Coin. After fraud allegations were made public in March, Wilson resigned from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.[citation needed]

Wilson was arrested in April 2012 and charged with mail fraud. He was freed after his wife, Cassie Wilson, posted bail of $1 million.[citation needed]

The criminal complaint states that Wilson ran a scheme to defraud investors beginning around January 2001 until March 2012.[citation needed]

Official estimates of investor loss are now estimated to be around 90 million dollars.[citation needed]

Wilson turned himself in to U.S. marshals before a hearing in front of U.S. Magistrate Jacquelyn D. Austin in a Greenville, SC Federal court room.

Nancy Wicker, criminal chief at the South Carolina U.S. Attorney’s Office, said Wilson’s wife used three properties in her name to secure his release. [1][2][3]


  1. ^ Gaither, Mandy. "Former Councilman Accused Of Scamming Investors". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Gaither, Mandy. "Secret Service Raids Upstate Business". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Ellis, Mike. "The tarnishing of Ron Wilson". Retrieved 19 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • [1], The Tarnishing of Ron Wilson May 19, 2012