FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone has hired a legal team to work on his case after he was charged with misconduct in office and embezzlement.
Attorney Butch Bowers of Columbia confirmed to WMBF News he was retained to represent Boone.
Bowers said in a statement:
“We are looking forward to representing Sheriff Boone and resolving this matter.”
Robert Bolchoz, another attorney based in Columbia, has also been hired for Boone’s case.
Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Boone April 24 after an investigation found that Boone used both county and federal funds allocated to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use.
According to the indictment, Boone used thousands of dollars from the FCSO’s federal narcotics account to buy, among other items, bicycle equipment, electronics, clothing, window tinting, floor mats and groceries from such businesses as Walmart, Best Buy, Bicycle World, Rapid Weight Loss and GameStop.
A judge ordered Boone to be placed under electronic GPS monitoring and house arrest.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster suspended Boone from office. Former Florence County Sheriff William C. “Billy” Barnes has been appointed to serve in the interim.