EX-OFFICIAL HIT WITH EIGHT COUNT CORRUPTION RAP …
By FITSNEWS || Former S.C. Senator Robert Ford has been indicted by a Richland County, S.C. grand jury on eight public corruption counts.
Ford was indicted on one count of misconduct in office and one count of forgery (less than $10,000). He was also popped for six violations of the state ethics act – two counts of using campaign funds for personal purposes, two counts of depositing campaign contributions in his personal bank account and two counts of false reporting.
“Collectively, these indictments accuse Ford of obtaining an improper personal benefit from his public office by depositing campaign funds into his personal bank accounts, using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, and then filing false campaign reports and submitting forgeries to the Senate Ethics Committee,” a news release from the office of S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson noted.
Ford could face ten years in prison on the misconduct in office charge, five years on the forgery charge and one year for each of the ethics violations.
Ford resigned his seat in the State Senate last May – news of which broke exclusively on FITS.
His announcement came after a Senate panel uncovered evidence that he used campaign resources to make purchases at a pair of adult bookstores. The veteran Democrat – who was first elected to the Senate in 1992 – was also accused of using campaign funds to purchase penis enlargement pills.
The allegations were part of a report of multiple offenses committed by Ford over a four-year period.
At the time, Ford referred to the case against him as a “public lynching.” He also pointed out (correctly, we might add) that far more egregious offenses had been committed in office by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – yet her offenses which were whitewashed by her fellow “Republicans” in the S.C. House of Representatives in 2012.
“Was this so they could feel good and show Governor Nikki Haley – who has more ethics violations than any other member in South Carolina History – that they could be tough on their members?” he asked at the time.
Good question … one that has yet to be answered.
Haley later advanced an “ethics reform” bill that would have actually moved South Carolina backward on this critical issue.
FORD INDICTMENTS (.pdf)