The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has assigned agents to begin investigating an ethics complaint against S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell – the beginning of what many believe is “the end” for the state’s most powerful elected official.

SLED investigators are now actively working the complaint against Harrell – which was forwarded to them two weeks ago by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.

What does that mean? Well, it means the agency has determined there is sufficient meat to the multiple allegations against the Speaker to warrant a full-fledged probe. In other words Harrell’s contention that the allegations against him are “baseless” is … well … baseless.

FITS has already started receiving tips about individuals who have been contacted by investigators regarding their knowledge of Harrell’s various shady dealings. In fact, they tell us investigators have already begun collecting the evidence they will need to ensure an indictment against Harrell before a statewide grand jury.

What did Harrell do? Well, for starters he reimbursed himself more than $325,000 from his campaign account for dubious flight-related expenses (Harrell is a pilot). In fact Harrell has effectively admitted his guilt by returning $23,000 of these reimbursements. He also stands accused of applying improper pressure on the S.C. Pharmacy Board and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) regarding his pharmaceutical business. Not only that his political action committee is under scrutiny for allegedly misappropriating and misreporting funds.

In fact some say Harrell’s PAC is where his biggest problems lie …

This website has already called on Harrell to step down –  not necessarily because of what he has done, but because of how he has chosen to respond to the scandal. First he has lied and refused to release his records. He’s also assassinated the character of one of the reporters investigating him – strong-arming her newspaper into backing down by allegedly threatening to withhold an annual $12 million bribe given by the S.C. General Assembly to the newspaper industry.

Sharks smell blood in the water, too, with a furious campaign already underway in the S.C. House among Harrell’s would-be successors …