The FBI has signed up with the examination into doubtful costs of public money by 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson, who manages prosecutions in Richland and Kershaw counties, 5 sources have informed The State paper. The sources stated the FBI now is partnering with state representatives from the State Law Enforcement Division to speak with staff members in Johnson’s workplace about the district attorney’s costs over the last few years.
“The FBI is taking the lead on it,” one source stated.
The sources all have enduring ties to South Carolina’s police neighborhood. Nevertheless, none would speak on the record because they are not licensed to speak openly about the examination.
Johnson did not react to an ask for remark.
2 weeks earlier, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, R-Lexington, asked the State Law Enforcement Division to start a preliminary examination after reports of doubtful costs by Johnson’s workplace appeared in the news media. Those reports were based upon costs records from Johnson’s workplace revealed by a guard dog group, Public Access to Public Records. The Columbia group, referred to as PAPR, is providing records of Johnson’s workplace costs from 2011 through November 2017 that it acquired through Freedom of Information Act demands. Up until now, PAPR has launched about 15,000 of the 40,000 files it has gotten.
Those records– consisting of credit card, examining account declarations and numerous invoices– show many circumstances of doubtful costs, consisting of countless dollars’ worth of checks constructed to Johnson’s workers for “Petty Cash” or “Cash.” Johnson also invested more than $32,000 from a fund that was expected to be used to impose drug laws to spend for health club subscriptions for his staffers. Credit cards used by Johnson also show countless dollars’ worth of journeys to casino complexes and costs on Uber luxury taxis. In 2016 and much of 2017, Johnson was out of the workplace traveling more than 70 days, an assessment of his travel records by The State paper shows.
Throughout those 21 months, Johnson took a trip to Amsterdam, Colombia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands off South America, London, Poland and Qatar, according to costs records from his workplace. Johnson also went to Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Somewhere else in the United States, Johnson took a trip to Cleveland; College Station, Texas; Miami; Montgomery, Ala.; Las Vegas; and Washington, D.C., according to those records.
Johnson has not discussed the factors for his travel.
Nevertheless, Johnson, a lawyer, might have been going to expert conferences. He also has a part-time military job and might have been on military responsibility. ” At no time did I mean for workplace funds to be used to spend for personnel costs,” Johnson stated previously this month.
Johnson also provided countless dollars in public money from numerous workplace accounts to local charities and triggers, an assessment of his records shows. Responding to concerns on March 8 about his costs records, Johnson protected his record, stating he has invested his 8 years in workplace assisting people by supporting programs and occasions in addition to prosecuting violent lawbreakers and repeat culprits. Johnson, a Democrat, has stated he will look for a 3rd term in November’s general election. Nevertheless, he has yet to apply for re-election. Filing ends next Friday. ” I wait for the work I carry out in my workplace and in our neighborhoods,” Johnson stated. If errors were made, he included, “I will definitely fix it.”.
Johnson also stated his workplace is performing its own internal examination of its costs, including he will go over the outcomes openly when that inquiry is ended up. Asked Friday about the FBI’s participation in the probe, SLED chief Mark Keel stated, “No remark.”. Beth Drake, the interim U.S. lawyer for South Carolina, also decreased to comment. Her workplace works collectively with the FBI.