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Former Howe Springs Fire Chief booked for embezzlement

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Shannon Smith (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Shannon Smith (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The former fire chief in Howe Springs is behind bars facing embezzlement charges, according to officials with the State Law Enforcement Division.

Kathryn Richardson, spokeswoman for SLED, says 42-year-old Shannon Drake Smith of Florence was booked into the Florence County Detention Center Friday morning and charged with the embezzlement of public funds, obtaining property under false pretenses and altering, forging, or counterfeiting certificate of title.

Warrants prove Smith, as Fire Chief of Howe Springs, embezzled $10,000 of public funds for his own use between 2007 and 2011.

Smith also forged the title of a fire department owned vehicle to show they had sold him the truck valued at $25,500. The fire department did not in fact give Smith permission to transfer the title of the vehicle into his name. The false vehicle title was then used to obtain a loan in the amount of $26,015 from Palmetto First Federal Credit Union in Florence.

The investigation that led to Smith's arrest was conducted by SLED at the request of the Howe Springs Fire Department.

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