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“Republican” Politician Paying Back Loan Received From Convict




|| By FITSNEWS ||  Over the last four months, S.C. Rep. Don Wells has paid back $2,500 of the $50,000 he borrowed from a convicted swindler, The Aiken Standard is reporting.

Why should you care?  The swindler – Jay Brooks – ripped off dozens of South Carolinians (including many of Wells’ constituents) before forgiving the lawmaker of the money he owed.  Brooks was sentenced to fifteen years in prison last year, and ordered to pay restitution to seventy of his victims.

Brooks made the loan to Wells during his 2012 campaign for the S.C. General Assembly – less than two months before Election Day, actually.

Wells told reporter Teddy Kulmala he needed the money because his painting business had “fallen on hard times.”

Jeez … is this another Lee Bright-type situation?  FITS readers will recall Bright – a South Carolina Senator – was a leading candidate against U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham last year, until his disastrous personal financial situation became widely known.

Gotta love these “Republican” businessmen …

“Amazing that this has not garnered more press outside of Aiken,” one source told us.

We agree … especially seeing as Wells did not disclose proceeds from the loan on his statement of economic interests.

Anyway, Wells’ payments on the loan are being routed to Brooks’ victims via the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) – which strikes us as odd, but whatever.  We don’t really care enough about this story to dig much deeper.

We’re done with Wells … and hopefully Aiken voters will be, too.