FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – New search warrants detail what authorities were searching for while investigating suspended Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone on embezzlement and misconduct in office charges.
Warrants show investigators with the State Law Enforcement Division searched a 2018 GMC Yukon XL, a 2019 GMC Yukon, a 2012 Ford F-150, a home, a building and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
“The search is to include the room known as Sheriff Boone’s office and is to include each and every office with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and is to include any outbuilding and storage facilities. The search is to include the offices of the Florence County Detention Center,” the warrants state.
While searching the vehicles, home and the sheriff’s office, investigators were looking for several items including receipts, bank records, credit and debit cards and invoices.
The items sought were “to include but not be limited to evidence related to Kenney Boone’s activity as sheriff of Florence County and purchases made by Sheriff Boone associated with his official role.”
A building located in the business district in Florence was also searched by investigators, but the name of the business has been redacted.
Warrants show investigators looked for files, receipts, records of purchases, bank records, accounting records and inventory records.
The search warrants also state that electronic devices were seized during the search, including several Apple iPhones with SIM cards, four Amazon Kindle fires, an Apple iPad Pro, and Apple MacBook and an HP Probook.
Boone is accused of using 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.
Due to the indictment, Gov. Henry McMaster has suspended Boone from office. Former Florence County Sheriff William C. “Billy” Barnes has been appointed to serve in the interim.