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Former Melrose owners indicted

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A former owner of Melrose Resort and his business partners were indicted last month on charges of defrauding and conspiring to defraud investors and the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office.

The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, alleged that James Thomas “JT” Bramlette, Anthony Mark Hartman, Travis Kozlowski and “others known and unknown to the Grand Jury ... agreed together to execute and attempt to execute a scheme” centering around the Daufuskie Island resort.

While not paying resort employees, vendors and contractors, Bramlette spent more than $1.5 million on personal expenses such as mortgage payments, car payments, country club dues and college tuition, according to the indictment.