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The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was informed in specific detail two years ago about allegations of public funding misappropriations in the office of former Fourth Circuit solicitor Jay Hodge – and chose not to investigate, sources tell FITS.

Former SLED Chief Robert Stewart – who, like Hodge, is a Cheraw native – was leading the agency at the time and chose not to investigate, sources at the agency have confirmed to FITS.

Yesterday, FITS broke the story of the federal investigation into the scandal (here and here), which has led to two resignations from the Fourth Circuit Solicitor’s office.

Additionally, S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster -a Republican gubernatorial front runner – is also alleged to have been informed of the accusations years ago only to pass on conducting an investigation as well.

According to our sources, McMaster was pressured not to investigate the matter by Cheraw Rep. Ted Vick and State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who is currently the front runner for the Democrat guberatorial nomination.

“You just hit the tip of the iceberg,” one source told FITS, calling this the “biggest scandal to hit the Democratic party in years.”

In addition to these allegations of high-profile politicians trying to sweep the scandal under the rug, we’re also hearing reports of intimidation tactics being used at the local level in order to silence potential witnesses, as well as deliberate attempts by multiple public officials to sabotage the federal investigation.