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There were so many allegations (and so much drama) crammed into the lawsuit filed this week against the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) that we couldn’t cover it all …

Literally …

In fact one of our intrepid readers noted we’d neglected to mention one of the most serious allegations against the administration of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley contained in the lawsuit – which was filed by Kerry Paul, a former executive at the agency.

She was right …

In addition to allegedly  “intentionally misleading” S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigators and manipulating the process by which the agency’s new director – Cheryl Stanton – was selected, Haley’s cabinet (and the governor’s office itself) also stands accused of engaging in a deliberate effort to deceive legislative leaders tasked with overseeing the embattled agency.

From the lawsuit …

When the Legislature had serious concerns about how public funds at DEW had been spent, the Governor’s office staff trained DEW employees, including (Paul), on how to evade the Legislators’ questions and provide as little information as possible to them when the employees were asked questions.

Whoa …

Up until Stanton’s arrival in May 2013, SCDEW was arguable the worst managed agency in Haley’s cabinet … which is saying something. Its former director, Abraham Turner, resigned last February – just days after FITS exclusively reported about SCDEW doling out $54.5 million in “improper claims” in 2012.

Stanton appeared to have things moving in the right direction, although if the allegations contained in the lawsuit are true – she’s got real problems on her hands as well.

Stay tuned …