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Ex-sheriff arraigned on new charges

Oct 7, 2010 7:38:00 AM - thestate.com
Former Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin is scheduled to be arraigned on 47 new charges, including racketeering and money laundering.

Court documents show Melvin is to appear on Thursday in federal court in Columbia.

Melvin resigned in May after he and 11 others were charged with conspiring to deal drugs. Prosecutors said in an indictment released last month Melvin abused his office "by using his position to unlawfully enrich himself and others" by dealing drugs, extorting kickbacks and laundering money.

Melvin is out on bond and has previously pleaded not guilty. If convicted on drug conspiracy, Melvin faces up to life in prison and up to $4 million in fines. He could face between 20 years and life in prison if convicted on the racketeering charges.

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