Sumter attorney reprimanded with ethics program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina attorney has been publicly reprimanded for asking a public defender agency to compensate him for more than 24 hours of work in one day.

The state Supreme Court said Wednesday that Sumter attorney Charles Thomas Brooks III submitted nearly $62,000 in expenses to the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense for work representing various clients over more than two years.

But the court says Brooks' invoices contained many errors, and that some that asked the commission to pay Brooks for more than 24 hours of work in one day.

As part of an agreement with disciplinary officials, Brooks has agreed to repay the commission and complete an ethics program.

Brooks' attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.