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Over $550k in unpaid debts owed by public officials in Grand Strand, Pee Dee

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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A recent report from the South Carolina Ethics Commission shows more than $3 million in related fines and penalties is due to the citizens of South Carolina and more than $550,000 is owed by politicians and organizations from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee regions.

"The Department will use all available methods to hold ethics violators responsible for unpaid debts," said Rick Reames III, Director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue. "This joint effort with the South Carolina Ethics Commission makes government more accountable to the public."

The South Carolina Department of Revenue has teamed up with the South Carolina Ethics Commission to launch an initiative to boost collection efforts and force accountability for ethics violations, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

The initiative is part of recent improvements to the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s Setoff Debt and Governmental Enterprise Accounts Receivable (GEAR) collections programs.

These programs allow the South Carolina Department of Revenue to collect debts due to state agencies and other government entities.

"We applaud the Department of Revenue's increased efforts and attention," said Jim Warren, Chair of the South Carolina Ethics Commission. "This initiative reinforces to the public that both agencies and the State of South Carolina take the enforcement of good ethics in government seriously."

The following is a list of local debtors taken from the South Carolina Ethics Commission's Debtors' List:

  • John C. Abercrombie – Conway Candidate – Horry County Council - $17,000 from 2012
  • John M. Barrington – Bennettsville Candidate – Marlboro County School Board District 4 Trustee - $4,700 from 2013
  • Sonny B. Belin – Pamplico Candidate – Florence County School Board - $6,600 from 2008
  • Barbara Black – Johnsonville Candidate – Florence County School Board - $100 from 2014
  • Issac Black – Mullins Candidate – City of Mullins Mayor - $200 from 2013
  • David Bodle – Myrtle Beach Candidate – City of Myrtle Beach Council - $3,400 from 2013
  • Dedric Bonds – Georgetown Candidate – City of Georgetown Council - $14,444.18 from 2011 and 2013
  • Simon L. Brown – Hemingway Candidate – Williamsburg County Council - $35,853.64 from 2009
  • Willia Jean Brown-Burrows – Hemingway Candidate – Williamsburg County Council - $269 from 2013
  • Stacey Bryant – Hemingway Candidate – Town of Hemingway Council - $200 from 2015
  • Edith M. Cain – Johnsonville Candidate – City of Johnsonville Council - $100 from 2010
  • Wayne G. Chapman – Darlington Candidate – Darlington City Council - $1,350 from 2009
  • Michael L. Chestnut – Myrtle Beach Council – City of Myrtle Beach - $8,800 from 2014
  • Daniel S. Cochran – Conway Candidate – Horry County Council - $100 from 2015
  • Willie M. Gallegos – Olanta – Mayor Pro Tem – Town of Olanta - $81 from 2009
  • George Michael Gibbs III – Conway Commissioner – DHEC Solid Waste Advisory Council - $5,200 from 2014
  • Elizabeth D. Gilland – Conway Candidate – Horry County Council - $47,000 from 2008, 2012 and 2014
  • Carolyn M. Govan – Hartsville Candidate – City of Hartsville Council - $100 from 2014
  • Adlena F. Graham – Hartsville Candidate – City of Hartsville Council - $200 from 2014
  • John L. Graham – Lake City Trustee – Florence County School District 3 - $5,500 from 2014
  • Thessalonia Graham – Loris Candidate – City of Loris Council - $100 from 2013
  • Penny M. Hayes – Timmonsville Candidate – City of Timmonsville Council - $100 from 2014
  • James M. Hills – Georgetown Commissioner – SCDNR Migratory Commission - $100 from 2015
  • Hope Plantation Group – North Myrtle Beach – Lobbyist’s Principal - $5,200 from 2009
  • Emmerson C. Hunt – Marion Candidate – City of Marion Council - $300 from 2014 and 2015
  • J. Mark Lawhon – Florence – Lobbyist’s Principal - $2,600 from 2014
  • Tessa Cook Jackson – Dillon  Former Member – Dillon County Registration Board - $300 from 2014
  • Clarence Joe – Timmonsville Council – City of Timmonsville - $13,429.51 from 2006
  • Amber Kopanski – Nichols Candidate – City of Mullins Mayor - $100 from 2014
  • Dory McAllister – Timmonsville Candidate – Florence County School Board - $100 from 2013
  • Edward J. McIver – Florence Candidate – Florence County School Board - $100 from 2010
  • Pamela McRae – Marion Candidate – City of Marion Council - $6,218.74 from 2014
  • Marlboro County Democratic Party – Bennettsville Political Party - $100 from 2010
  • Jessica H. Miller – Pawley’s Island Former CFO – Georgetown County - $100 from 2012
  • James E. Moultrie – Dillon Candidate – Dillon County Council - $68 from 2009
  • Prentiss Murray – Bennettsville Candidate – City of Bennettsville Council - $200 from 2015
  • The Owl’s Nest Recovery House – Florence Lobbyist’s Principal - $700 from 2009
  • Lucy M. Parsons – Bennettsville Trustee – Marlboro County School Board $100 from 2014
  • Stanley Pasley - Hemingway Supervisor – Williamsburg County $700 from 2014
  • Pee Dee Community Development Corporation – Florence – Lobbyist’s Principal - $5,300 from 2014
  • James E. Powell – Coward Candidate – City of Coward - $100 from 2012
  • Edward Robinson – Florence  Candidate – City of Florence Council and City of Florence Mayor - $106,978.05 from 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015
  • Raleigh T. Rush – Effingham Candidate – Florence County One School Board - $100 from 2013
  • Robert A. Scott – Dillon Candidate – Dillon County Council - $39 from 2010
  • Strengthening Florence Families – Florence Committee - $100 from 2010
  • Tracey Bryant Stuckey – Hemingway Candidate – City of Hemingway Council - $100 from 2015
  • James B. Van Fleet IV – Atlantic Beach Candidate – City of Atlantic Beach Council - $100 from 2013
  • Keith C. Van Winkle – Myrtle Beach Candidate Horry County Council - $60,800 from 2009 and 2014
  • Harry L. Welch III – Olanta Council – Town of Olanta - $5,000 from 2015
  • Joe P. Whitaker – Timmonsville Candidate – Florence County School District 4 and City of Timmonsville - $14,063.91
  • Leval Williams – Florence Candidate – Florence County Treasurer - $70,000 from 2014
  • Shawanda Williams – Lake City Candidate – City of Lake City Council - $100 from 2014
  • Robert Woodbury – Marion Candidate – City of Marion Council - $100 from 2014
  • Charles D. Woodle – Lamar Candidate – Darlington County Sheriff - $100 from 2014
  • Betty Wright-McRae – Marion Candidate – City of Marion Council - $5,000 from 2014
  • Johnny E. Wright Sr. – Timmonsville Candidate – City of Timmonsville Council - $100 from 200
  • Jackie R. Yates – Marion Candidate – City of Marion Council - $5000 from 2014

The complete South Carolina Ethics Commission's Debtors' List is available on the South Carolina Ethics Commission's website at ethics.sc.gov/Debtors.

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