On May 16, 2003, a bank teller and two customers were murdered in a bank owned by Charles Taylor’s holding company. Vulnerable because of several ignored security recommendations, the Blue Ridge Savings Bank branch in Greer, SC was robbed of an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 at 1:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge Savings is a subsidiary of Financial Guarantee, Inc., a company owned by NC Representative Charles Taylor (R-11).
The Greer branch was located in a singlewide trailer on a dead-end road off Interstate 85. Bank employee Sylvia Holtzclaw was working alone the day of the robbery, when customers Maggie and “Eb” Barnes entered. All three were later found dead, shot at close range. No tape was found in the bank's single indoor security camera. Counter to all industry standards, there were no operable outdoor cameras. Since the robbery, the bank has employed full-time guards.