A former commodities trader who eluded authorities for 10 days after skipping out on a sentencing hearing last month was charged in a federal indictment Wednesday.
Derrick Peninger, 50, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted of the charge of failure to appear for sentencing, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in South Carolina.
That sentence could be in addition to the 17 years he faces after a jury convicted him on eight counts of mail fraud and one count of lying to an FBI agent.
Authorities said Penninger led a Ponzi scheme that consumed $7 million in investors' money.
He was out on bond April 12 when authorities said he skipped his sentencing. Authorities found him in woods on Daniel Island.
Also indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday were:
-- Jenene Gourdine, 38, of Ladson. Gourdine is charged with using a false IRS document after authorities said she used a fabricated form stating that the IRS had released its tax lien on property owned by her and her spouse.
She faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $500,000 fine.
-- Patrick O'Brien, 19, of Summerville. O'Brien is charged with possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges that O'Brien owned a computer, disks and other materials that contained images of child pornography.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
-- Willie Mitchell, 34, of North Charleston. Mitchell is named in a three-count indictment charging him with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a weapon during the commission of a drug trafficking crime.
Mitchell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $2 million fine.