South Carolina’s gop Lt. Governor Resigns In Disgrace Ahead Of Grand Jury Indictments On Ethics Violations UPDATE: INDICTMENTS FILED Plea Deal Expected Today – UPDATE 2: gop Pleads Guilty To 7 Counts #177

Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigns; McConnell to replace him

Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, facing indictment by a state Grand Jury for ethics violations, has resigned — handing the office to state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, and the post of Senate president pro tempore.

The resignation comes after a nine month investigation by a state Grand Jury into ethics violations, including allegations Ard used campaign money to buy personal items, including iPads, clothes, football tickets and a TV. Attorney General Alan Wilson and SLED Chief Mark Keel have a news conference scheduled for this afternoon.



Ard orchestrated bogus campaign contributions, Attorney General says

The state grand jury has indicted Lt. Gov. Ken Ard on seven counts of violating the state’s ethics act by using phantom campaign contributions.

The indictment, issued today, said he funneled $75,000 from his campaign to others and utimately back to himself as “proported contributions from citizens.”

State Attorney General Alan Wilson and State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel announced the indictment during a 1 p.m. news conference.

A plea is expected to be entered this afternoon in a Richland County courtroom.

UPDATE 2: gop Pleads Guilty To 7 Counts

Ard pleaded to four counts of unlawful reimbursement of campaign funds, two counts of failure to report on campaign documents and one count of using campaign funds for personal use.

Ard was accused of creating “phantom” campaign contributions. He also spent money from his 2010 campaign to pay for personal items, such as football tickets, clothing and a flat-screen TV.

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