Ronald Gene Wilson

Ronald Gene "Ron" Wilson (born 1943) was an American businessman convicted of his role in a $90 million Ponzi scheme in 2012. He was a member of the Anderson County Council from 2006 to 2010. Prior to this he served as the 68th Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from 2002 to 2004.

Ronald Gene Wilson
Member of the
Anderson County Council
from District 6
In office
Succeeded byKen Waters
68th Commander-in-Chief of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans
In office
Preceded byEdwin L. Deason
Succeeded byDenne A. Sweeney
Personal details
Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cassandra Kendall
OccupationBusinessman, politician

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Wilson served as Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from 2002 to 2004. During that time, he disparaged and limited the participation of those within the Sons of Confederate Veterans leadership that he and others termed "moderates", and worked to more closely ally the group with secessionist advocates and white supremacists, including Kirk D. Lyons, Boyd Cathey, and others, and also with groups like the avowedly secessionist League of the South.[1][2]

Political career

Wilson ran unsuccessfully in 2004 for a seat in the South Carolina Senate representing Anderson County. In 2006 was elected as the Republican member for District 6 in the Anderson County Council. Wilson also served on the South Carolina Board of Education.[3]

Investment scandal

On November 13, 2012, Wilson was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for operating a "Ponzi Scheme" from 2001 to 2012 that swindled investors of almost $90,000,000.[4] In the scheme, he convinced retirees, friends, business associates, fellow members of the SCV and others to take cash from retirement accounts and insurance policies, as well as more liquid cash, and invest in his silver investment business, Atlantic Bullion & Coin, Inc. He promised he would monitor "key indicators", invest accordingly, and rake in large profits. He never bought silver for most of his clients, telling them that the silver was in a Delaware depository. (The depository had never heard of Wilson.) As with all Ponzi schemes, new invested money was instead used to pay earlier investors and keep the scheme alive. Besides time served, his sentence requires restitution of $57,401,009.[5] A web site has been set up to assist victims of the Wilson scheme in making claims, as well as providing news and information.[6]

Personal life

In 2014 Wilson, his estranged wife, and his brother pleaded guilty to hiding, and conspiring to hide, some of the assets he had stolen. Wilson received an additional six months on his prison sentence.[7][8]

See also


  • , The Tarnishing of Ron Wilson May 19, 2012
  • Putting the "Con" in Confederate Heritage
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