Man jailed again on new charges

Pascal Andre Etcheber

Pascal Etcheber, a French national previously arrested in the drug investigation of former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, faces several new charges, including intimidating a witness in the case and lying to a federal judge.

Federal court documents show Etcheber now faces a total of six charges.

Etcheber, 46, was involved in Ravenel's social circle and was a close friend of Pasquale Pellicoro, who fled the state after he was indicted. He is believed to be living in Europe.

Two of the new charges against Etcheber involve trying to influence or prevent a witness from testifying. Those charges stemmed from a Sept. 18 incident, documents show.

He also faces a charge of making false statements in federal court in connection with an Aug. 26 appearance in which he sought to alter the conditions of his bond.

The original charge, filed earlier this year, accuses Etcheber of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in November 2007 concerning his knowledge of drug activities. That charge carries a maximum five years in federal prison and $250,000 fine.

A highly educated business consultant and author, Etcheber had remained free on a $250,000 bond, subject to electronic monitoring and drug screening until the new charges.

Now Etcheber is back in jail, has changed attorneys and has a new bond hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday before U.S. Judge Bristow Marchant.

Ravenel served 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine. He ended his home detention earlier this year.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771 or at rbehre@postandcourier.com.