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SC representative asks for federal investigation into Tri-County board

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SANDY RUN, S.C. (WACH) -- South Carolina State Rep. Wendy Brawley (D-Richland) has requested a federal investigation into the activities of the recently fired board of Tri-County Electric.

This comes after 1,452 members voted Saturday to oust the the board members, and after they formally resigned on Tuesday.

"A lot of what has been alleged certainly lends itself to be activities that is not permitted under state law," said Brawley. "They [customers] deserve that right to know what has happened fully and who is going to be held accountable for any acts that are, in fact, illegal."

A national co-op conducted an assessment of the financial records of Tri-County and determined that their pay rate needed to be adjusted. However, in an annual meeting back in May, the board actively convinced voters not to vote for the change.

"They had people who apparently were agents of the board trying to persuade us to vote against the bylaws that they themselves were putting up for a vote," said John Nelson, a member who happens to also be a councilman with Calhoun County. "It was just obvious that something wasn't right."

He was one of the organizers of a petition containing over 1,500 signatures to to force Saturday's vote, which ending up deciding the fate of the board.

A co-op customer meeting is set for November 17th to elect nine new Tri-County Electric Board members.

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