Feds Investigating S.C. Lawmaker Over Counterfeit Cash
S.C. REP. ANDY PATRICK FACES SECRET SERVICE PROBE
Federal investigators are probing S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-Beaufort) in connection with thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash, sources tell FITS.
It’s the latest revelation in the ongoing saga of the Lowcountry lawmaker, who recently gave up his bid for S.C. Superintendent of Education to address problems in his personal life. Patrick also indicated he would not seek reelection to the S.C. House in 2014 as he sought to address various family and financial issues.
So … what is Patrick’s connection to the alleged counterfeit money?
It’s not immediately clear, although the cop-turned–politician did work for roughly a decade as an agent with the U.S. Secret Service – the division of the U.S. Department of Treasury which investigates counterfeit cash (in addition to its more widely known executive protection role).
FITS has obtained a pair of photographs of some of the alleged counterfeit funds …
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According to our sources, the alleged counterfeit cash pictured above was first obtained as evidence by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), although the Patrick probe is now being run by his former employer.
Patrick is due to appear in court this week related to his divorce case – which was sealed under mysterious circumstances by a Lowcountry judge last year (ostensibly on grounds related to “national security”).
More recently, we’re told the attorney for Patrick’s wife, Amee Patrick, was placed under a gag order related to the proceedings.
Sources close to Andy Patrick have previously told FITS that the counterfeit money found in his possession was strictly used for educational purposes (i.e. in speeches at schools or civic organizations during his career as an agent). They also say the Secret Service has absolved Patrick of any wrongdoing in connection with the probe.