Bond is set at $50,000 for Sheriff Kenney Boone. He will be placed on house arrest and GPS monitoring. Boone can come back in a week and ask for GPS monitoring order to be lifted.
Former Florence County Sheriff William C. “Billy” Barnes will serve as sheriff until the resolution of Boone's case or until a sheriff is elected during the next general election, according to a news release from the governor's office.
Florence County Sheriff, Kenney Boone has been indicted on charges of embezzlement and misconduct in office.
Here is the statement from Florence County Sheriff's Office:
The Florence County Sheriff’s Office must inform the Citizens of Florence County that the State Grand Jury has handed down an indictment against Sheriff Kenney Boone. Boone was arrested this morning without incident by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
Because of the indictment Governor Henry McMaster has suspended Sheriff Boone from office. An interim Sheriff will be appointed to serve until the matter is resolved.
From the very beginning, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office brought the allegations supporting the indictment to the attention of SLED. FCSO has and will continue to cooperate with SLED and the S.C. Attorney General’s Office in the investigation and will be open for a full and complete audit of all spending by this office. The investigation is ongoing, but to date there is no indication that anyone else employed by the Sheriff’s Office was involved in any of the allegations contained in the indictment.
The men and women of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to the service and protection of the Citizens of Florence County, whom we serve proudly. That commitment remains unshaken by today’s indictment.
As this matter makes its way through the judicial process, this office will have no further comment.
FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) —Florence County Sheriff William "Kenney" Boone was indicted Wednesday by the South Carolina Grand Jury on one count of misconduct in office and two counts of embezzlement, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Wilson said the misconduct offense is a common law misdemeanor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and the embezzlement offense is a statutory felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine at the discretion of the court.
The indictment alleges that Boone used both county and federal funds allocated to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for his own personal use, according to a news release.
This case is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division and will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.