Berkeley deputy arrested on federal weapons charges

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated Monday, April 14 that Tony Allen Riley, 60, of Goose Creek, was charged in a two-count federal indictment.

He has been charged with two counts of selling a firearm to a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(d).

The maximum penalty Riley could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of ten years on each count.

Riley was arrested and arraigned on the charges Monday. At the time of his arrest, and during the dates listed in the indictment, Riley was employed by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, after having previously retired as a captain with the sheriff’s office.

Nettles stated the case was investigated by FBI agents and he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.

The U.S. Attorney stated all charges in this indictment are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

“I was surprised and disappointed to learn today of the arrest of Tony Riley by Federal officials,” Berkeley County Sheriff DeWitt said.

“Mr. Tony Riley has already been terminated from his employment with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

“We are disappointed in Mr. Riley’s conduct and want to assure the public it does not reflect on the integrity of other members of the sheriff’s office.”

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