COLUMBIA MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN’S ALLIES ARE ALL GETTING INDICTED …
Former South Carolina State House lobbyist and university official Ed Givens pleaded guilty in federal court this week on charges of “misprision of a felony” – or failing to alert authorities to a criminal enterprise in which he was involved or of which he had knowledge.
What criminal enterprise are we referring to? A kickback scheme at S.C. State University, the Palmetto State’s ethically and financially challenged historically black university – which remains under the thumb of corrupt black politicians.
Anyway, it has been widely reported that Columbia S.C. “Mayorhood” Steve Benjamin was the original target of the S.C. State investigation – and that the probe of the university began as a probe into his shady ‘Village at Rivers’ Edge’ deal, a government-subsidized affordable housing boondoggle.
This project – which received at least $7.8 million in federal “stimulus” money and millions more in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) – officially went belly-up last year.
Benjamin has refused to address the case, telling one local television reporter who asked him about it to “grow up.”
Real mature … of course it make sense for Benjamin to think he’s invincible given everything he’s gotten away with in the past.
Benjamin and Givens go way back. They went to school together, took the bar exam together, were both attorneys at the McNair Law Firm and they both run in the same corrupt circles in Columbia, S.C.. Givens actually appeared in one of Benjamin’s campaign commercials, and was captured shedding “tears of joy” when the latter was first elected mayor in 2010.
“They both like the same white girls, too” one source at the State House tells FITS.
Interesting … maybe they’ll wind up sharing a prison cell before it’s all said and done.