South Carolina sheriff is charged with two counts of felony

Mail Online | 4/24/2019 | Associated Press
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A South Carolina sheriff was indicted on Wednesday after prosecutors said he used up to $20,000 county funds and drug seizure money to buy groceries, window tinting, weight loss supplements and other personal items.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone was charged with two felony counts of embezzlement and a misdemeanor count of misconduct in office, and then suspended by the governor.

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An indictments say Boone used county funds on items including bicycle and baseball equipment, coolers, tools and floor mats.

The documents also list places Boone shopped, including Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Mainstream Boutique and Rapid Weight Loss.

Indictment - Amount - Boone - Spent

The indictment doesn't give the exact amount Boone spent, but says it is less than $20,000.

At a bond hearing later in the day, a judge ordered Boone under electronic monitoring and at least a week of house arrest after a prosecutor said sheriff's office employees who cooperated with the investigation were worried he might retaliate against them.

Gov - Henry - McMaster - Boone - Office

Gov. Henry McMaster suspended Boone from office and appointed Billy Barnes to serve as interim sheriff.

Barnes gave a statement to reporters saying he wanted to restore confidence in the agency he led from 1974 to 1993 and praised the second in command who reported what he thought his boss was doing wrong to state agents.

Commend - Chief - Deputy - Glenn - Kirby

'I commend Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby for doing what is right even at the risk of jeopardizing his own career,' Barnes said.

Boone faces up to five years in prison if convicted of each embezzlement count and up to 10 years in prison on the misconduct charge.

Boone - Sheriff - Office - Wednesday - Morning

Boone was arrested at the sheriff's office Wednesday morning and was still wearing his polo shirt with the sheriff badge logo during his bond hearing Wednesday afternoon.

He did not have a lawyer at the bond hearing and talked only briefly about the charges.

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