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Even with a confession, the police need to invesitgate the facts. Believe it or not there are people who will say they committed a crime when they really did not. Additionally, the facts need to be checked to make sure that what you confessed to is accurate.
This is an unfortunate situation for you and your family and friend. It is also possible that the sheriff is trying to work things out where you would not be charged with a crime. This, of course, would depend on what your friend wants to do and if the after investigating the sheriff feels it is something he needs to write up and present to the DA. I suggest, that you not take this personal. He is just trying to figure it all out. I am sure you can understand that it is not everyday someone just walks in and confessess to a crime.
Do you know if there will be charges filed against you - did you use the credit card for any purchases?
Well, that is why he is talking to everyone about this matter - it is possible that no charges will be filed. There is a Personal Financial Security Act which could produce a felony charge. That carries a penalty of possible 10 year incarceration. One cannot take the SS # XXXXX another for fradulent purposes.
You might consider a consultation with a local attorney who can assist you if there should be charges. You can contact the South Carolina Bar Assocation for such referral - 1-888-346-5592
Best to you in this matter,
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