GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) -- Members of the Greenwood County Council are accused of violating state laws.
The Greenwood Index-Journal reports Thursday that a State Ethics Commission report criticizes the council's practice of giving members money up-front to cover expenses they might incur while in office.
Council members get an annual salary of $8,000, with the chairman getting $11,240. But two members say that, from 2008 to January 2011, five members got a total of nearly $148,000 in expenses that came with few restrictions and little accountability.
The fund was authorized in 2008, and the paper reports that the Ethics Commission won't investigate the matter further because a four-year statute of limitations has expired. But the paper reports the findings could be presented to the commission to determine if charges should be filed.