Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, who was ousted from office in March of this year on criminal charges, was handed two more indictments Aug. 14; the same day Sheriff Robert Lee was celebrating an open house at the department’s recently renovated facility at the old Chesterfield Armory.
Parker, who was in office for 10 years, has now been charged with embezzlement, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
The State Grand Jury has “returned a second indictment against suspended Chesterfield County Sheriff Sanford ‘Sam’ Parker, Jr. He was charged with one count of Embezzlement and one count of Official Misconduct in Office,” said Wilson.
These new charges claim that “Parker received funds on behalf of Chesterfield County and cashed or deposited them into his personal bank account for his personal use,” said Wilson.
The original charges, still pending, caused Parker to be removed from office. Those charges included four counts of misconduct in office and two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates.
Parker’s replacement, Sheriff Lee, was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve the remainder of Parker’s term in office. That term does not expire until November of next year. Lee has said he will not seek that election.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, SLED, has been in charge of this investigation, said Wilson. It will be prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorney General Heather Weiss.
The embezzlement offense is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine at the discretion of the court. The misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor.
Wilson also said, “All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.”
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