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Sources: SCDSS Probed Former “Problem Bureaucrat”

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LOIS RICHTER THE FOCUS OF MULTIPLE INQUIRIES DURING HER TENURE IN CHARLESTON

|| By FITSNEWS || Last week this website reported on a bizarre decision by the chronically scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) to rehire – or rather transfer – a top Lowcountry, S.C. bureaucrat named Lois Richter.

Richter led the agency’s Charleston, S.C. office for a little over a year beginning in early 2014.  In June of this year she was hired to lead the agency’s Beaufort, S.C. office – a decision that’s caused serious consternation among lawmakers tasked with overseeing this agency.

As we noted in our earlier report, two S.C. Senators familiar with Richter’s tenure in Charleston tell us “serious allegations” were brought to their attention related to her brief stay in the Holy City.  One of these Senators referenced an “ongoing legislative investigation” into Richter – part of a broader probe of “unacceptable practices” at SCDSS.

What were the specific allegations?

We still haven’t been able to uncover much in the way of details, but multiple sources at SCDSS headquarters in Columbia, S.C. tell FITS Richter was the subject of not one but three internal investigations during her time in Charleston.

Specifically, these sources cited a human resources probe, an inquiry by the agency’s office of investigations and an independent inquiry requested by the agency’s new director, Susan Alford.

That’s a lot of investigating …

FITS has prepared a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in an effort to obtain public documents related to these various inquiries.  We’ll let you know what – if any – response it generates from the agency.

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