Seven people, including four from the tri-county area, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in an auto loan scheme involving more than $800,000.

Bill Nettles, U.S. attorney for South Carolina, said Tuesday that the following were indicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud: William Brian Toadvine, 34, Donald Toadvine, 58, Colin Slaven, 38, all of Mount Pleasant; Joyce Pozniko, 58, of Hanahan; Floyd Hargrove, 41, of Bluffton; Daniel Kosmer Jr., no age given, of Greenville; and Elizabeth Donnelly, 47, of Beaufort.

The charge carries a maximum of 30 years imprisonment.

The indictment alleges that the group fraudulently obtained auto loans by providing false documentation to more than 16 banks and credit unions.

Donald Toadvine, Hargrove, Slaven, Kosmer, Pozniko and Donnelly are each charged in an additional count with providing false information in a loan application.

The case was investigated by the FBI.