COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Florence County sheriff has been indicted by a state grand jury on charges of misconduct in office and embezzlement.
According to a press release from South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, the indictments against Kenney Boone are for one count of misconduct in office and two counts of embezzlement.
The misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The embezzlement offense is a statutory felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine at the discretion of the court.
The indictment alleges that Boone used both county and federal funds allocated to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use, the release stated.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone walked into a Richland County courtroom Wednesday afternoon donning a Florence County Sheriff’s Office shirt and empty duty belt.
Boone did not have an attorney but told a magistrate judge he wanted to continue with the court preceding and set bond.
“I’ve totally cooperated this morning and this comes as a surprise to me, from what I understand it’s been going on since November, it’s the first I’m hearing of this but I’ve cooperated totally and I don’t have a problem with it,” Boone told the judge.
Heather Weiss, an attorney with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, argued while Boone is not a flight risk, he should be placed on GPS monitoring to ensure he does not try to return to the sheriff’s office, where she says employees provided information to the attorney general’s office of the alleged misspending.
“People who are employed at the sheriff’s department are concerned there might be some kind of retaliation for that—in the last couple of weeks there have also been some texts sent where threats were made about another situation,” Weiss explained to the judge.
Boone was given a $50,000 PR bond and will remain on GPS monitoring for the time being. He is also not allowed to contact the sheriff’s office or be on any of its properties.