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Ard investigation leads AG to form new task force

Jul 14, 2011 7:56:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina's attorney general has created a task force to review the campaign spending case against Lt. Gov. Ken Ard.

Ard two weeks ago agreed to pay the state Ethics Commission a $48,000 fine and $12,500 to cover investigation costs tied to 107 counts of using campaign cash for personal purposes that included a family vacation, iPads, a gaming system and clothing.

Ard has declined interview requests. His spokeswoman did not respond to an interview request on Thursday.

The Ethics Commission didn't refer the case to Attorney General Alan Wilson for a review of whether it merited criminal prosecution. But Wilson began one on his own last week.

On Thursday, Wilson spokesman Mark Plowden said that review led to creating the task force that will handle the Ard case and future investigations of public corruption. There is nothing to report from the investigation so far, he said.

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