Florence County Sheriff Williams Kenney Boone Indicted on charges of embezzlement and misconduct

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A grand jury has indicted Florence County Sheriff William Kenney Boone on charges of embezzlement and misconduct.

The governor has suspended Boone from office because of the indictment. An interim sheriff will be appointed to serve until the matter is resolved, but that person has not been named yet.

Boone was charged with one count of misconduct in office and two counts of embezzlement, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday.

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 misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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 indictment claims Boone, “while serving in his capacity as Sheriff for Florence County, did purchase or cause to be purchased from the Florence County Sheriffs Office Federal Narcotics Account funds a variety of consumer type goods, including but not limited to bicycle equipment, groceries, coolers, baseball equipment, electronics, or clothing, from various vendors including but not limited to, Academy Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sam’s, Wal-Mart, Shell, Best Buy, Bicycle World, Rapid Weight Loss, Piggly Wiggly, Mainstream Boutique, GameStop, Mast General Store, and various restaurants, whereby he then unlawfully converted $10,000 or less worth of such purchases to his personal use.”

This case is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division and will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Wilson stressed every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

WILLIAM KENNEY BOONE

Defendant.

STATE GRAND JURY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

At a session of the State Grand Jury of South Carolina, convened at Columbia

South Carolina on April 17, 2019, the State Grand Jurors present upon their oath:

COUNT I EMBEZZLEMENT
S.C. Code Ann. § 16-13-210

That WILLIAM KENNEY BOONE [BOONE] in Florence County, during fiscal year

2018-2019, while BOONE was responsible for the safekeeping, transfer anc

disbursement of public funds, did embezzle and convert to his own use ten thousanc

dollars or less ($10,000) of the public funds, with the intention to defraud Florence

County, to wit:

WILLIAM KENNEY BOONE, while serving in his capacity as Sheriff for Florence

County, did purchase or cause to be purchased from the Florence County Sheriffs Office Federal Narcotics Account funds a variety of consumer type goods, including but no- limited to bicycle equipment, groceries, coolers, baseball equipment, electronics, or clothing, from various vendors including but not limited to, Academy Sports, Dick’s

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2019-GS-47-04

INDICTMENT FOR

EMBEZZLEMENT (2 COUNTS) S.C. Code Ann. § 16-13-210

MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

FILED

Sporting Goods, Sam’s, Wal-Mart, Shell, Best Buy, Bicycle World, Rapid Weight Loss, Piggly Wiggly, Mainstream Boutique, GameStop, Mast General Store, and various restaurants, whereby he then unlawfully converted $10,000 or less worth of such purchases to his personal use.

All in violation of section 16-13-210 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended; and such conduct involving public corruption or arising out of or in connection with a crime involving public corruption and such conduct having not been authorized by law.

Against the peace and dignity of this State and contrary to the law in such case made and provided.

COUNT II EMBEZZLEMENT
S.C. Code Ann. §16-13-210

ThatWILLIAMKENNEYBOONE[BOONE]inFlorenceCounty,duringfiscalyear 2018-2019, while BOONE was responsible for the safekeeping, transfer anc disbursement of public funds, did embezzle and convert to his own use ten thousanc dollars or less ($10,000) of the public funds, with the intention to defraud Florence County, to wit:

WILLIAM KENNEY BOONE, while serving in his capacity as Sheriff for Florence!

County, did purchase or cause to be purchased from Florence County Annual Budge

funds a variety of consumer type goods, including but not limited to window tinting, floo ”

mats, tools, lights, cooking appliances, a cooler, and groceries, from various vendors;

including but not limited to, Carolina Supply House, Another Tint Shop, Leonarc

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Aluminum, and Sam’s Club, whereby he then unlawfully converted $10,000 or less worth of such purchases to his personal use.

All in violation of section 16-13-210 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as

amended; and such conduct involving public corruption or arising out of or in connection with a crime involving public corruption and such conduct having not been authorized by law.

Against the peace and dignity of this State and contrary to the law in such case made and provided.

COUNT III MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

Common Law

That WILLIAM KENNEY BOONE [BOONE] did in Florence County, for the fisca

year 2018-2019, while he served as Sheriff for Florence County in South Carolina, a

public official, willfully and dishonestly fail to properly and faithfully discharge the duties of

his public office imposed upon him by law; to wit:

Despite being charged with the good-faith administration of the funds allocated to

the Florence County Sheriffs Office, including but not limited to, State, Federal or County

funds, BOONE operated contrary to his duties, failing to properly administer the funds while exploiting his position for unlawful personal gain and did, by malfeasance misfeasance, and nonfeasance, commit acts and omissions in breach of his duty of good faith, honesty, and accountability to the public.

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This was done in violation of the Common Law of South Carolina and such

conduct involved public corruption and arose out of or in connection with a crime involving

public corruption and such conduct was not authorized by law.

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