FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 8, 2013 FORMER SCDHHS EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO MISUSE OF CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS AND CONSPIRACY Case Involved Unlawful Use of Confidential Medicaid Program Data (COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced guilty pleas in connection with the unlawful access and use of confidential records from […]
Candidate filing for the upcoming November 5, 2013 municipal elections for the Town of Awendaw city council opened August 22, 2013, and already there appears to be a violation of the S.C. Ethics Law.
The controversy hovers around candidate and current Mayor Pro-Tem Miriam Green and a recent article about her in the official “Town of Awendaw Newsletter”.
The newsletter is produced, printed and mailed by the town using taxpayer dollars to pay for the costs.
Its lead article in the September 2013 issue, which hit the mailboxes of Awendaw residents about the same time that filing opened, was about a community auditorium at the new Berkeley Electric Coop Service Center in Awendaw being named for Green, a 35-year employee of BEC.
IF the article had stopped right there, it would have been fine. However, it went on to praise Green for serving “her community well” and providing “jobs for many Town residents.”
The Awendaw Town Council received an audit report in January 2011 with auditor Howard Nichols’ opinions of the town’s finances for fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010).
According to a source with significant knowledge of the town’s finances who spoke on conditions of anonymity, Nichols had done audits of four prior years, all at the same time, after the S.C. Municipal Association had gotten the town’s financial records in order. The town, reportedly, had not had audits performed on an annual basis since the 2002-03 time frame.
Mr. Nichols reported nine significant deficiencies with town records. The lack of documentation and the lack of internal controls led Nichols to issue an adverse opinion on the audit.
According to the source, 41 percent of the town’s transactions were not approved with 30 percent of the funds spent not approved, a sum of over $200,000, according to our source.
We are hearing the town of Awendaw may be missing money from its public coffers as important bills are not being paid on time.
According to several sources who have contacted us, the town missed its required payment of approximately $270,000, due March 1st to Charleston County for fire service, and nobody’s giving any answers.
Money for the fire service payment comes from a special fire tax district that was set up by town voters to levy taxes, specifically for fire service.
However, payments due to Charleston County from the town of Awendaw have been in arrears for some years. See PDF file attached below.
When inquiries were made to find out about the late payment, vague references were made by town officials that the money ‘went into the water fee.’
According to our sources, there are other difficulties in tracking facts down as record keeping is less than adequate, with respect to town business, and town ordinances have yet to be codified into an easy-access system.
A month ago, we reported that Lexington attorney and chief magistrate judge John Rakowsky was a defendant in a lawsuit filed in Las Vegas, Nevada federal court, Case No. 2:12-cv-02161-GMN-CWH.
The lawsuit is for Breach of Contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Intentional Misrepresentation and Conversion of Property. The Plaintiff is Center for Legal Reform (CLR), a Nevada Non-profit Corporation as successor in trust to Resolution Settlement Corporation (RSC), a former Nevada corporation, which provided expense funds to Rakowsky for a case called Southern Holdings.
The Nevada case has the potential to fully expose the South Carolina legal system as a good ole boys club that protects its own at the expense of the law, fairness and justice.
One of the main police defendants in the Southern Holdings case was arrested early Monday morning for criminal domestic violence and misconduct in office and fired from the Horry County Police Department hours after the incident.
Charles K. McLendon was arrested for actions taken against his estranged wife while on duty, in uniform using a Horry County Police Department vehicle.
McLendon demonstrated erratic, abusive and potentially lethal behavior during the incident, according to details of the arrest. His actions were not unlike those he demonstrated over 12 years ago during the Southern Holdings case.