A Kingstree, S.C. town councilman has been arrested for allegedly stealing water and sewer service for himself – and a family member.
What can we say: This is the Palmetto State, people … where all sorts of things are kept in the family.
Councilman Chalmers “Bubba” Hammett Jr. and his father – former town councilman Chalmers Hammett Sr. – were both arrested by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and appeared before a Williamsburg County (S.C.) magistrate this week.
“In July, I learned that an alleged illegal tap was made to the town’s water and wastewater service,” town manager Dan Wells said in a statement prior to the arrests. “The Town had no knowledge of the activity and the preliminary evidence gave us reason to believe that a crime had been committed. The property owner is listed as belonging to a public official. Upon learning that the public official knew of this alleged illegal tap and additionally an irrigation line that was unmetered for approximately 15 years at a relative’s property, I requested the assistance of SLED.”
Both Hammetts were reportedly hit with a misdemeanor utility theft charge and released on bond.