Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Power, Greed & Corruption

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Mother Goose rhyme

Broached here and chronicled throughout the month of July, I have not forgotten those in the little town and tonight, I celebrate with them.

LAKE CITY – Mayor LaRue Alford has been arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with misconduct in office following a 14-month investigation, WBTW News13 and the Morning News are reporting.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff's office, Alford "failed to properly and faithfully discharge the duties of his office by willfully and knowingly possessing counterfeit U.S. currency."

Alford also, according to the press release, he "also helped a suspect elude police."

He is currently in custody at the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham.

He was booked about 2 p.m.

The arrest follows a 14-month investigation into corruption in Lake City and the surrounding area by the Florence County Sheriff's Office, SLED, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Secret Service, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said.

More charges may be filed in the case, Boone said.

"There is some public corruption here and we're not going to tolerate it," he said.


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