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Home  |  News  |  SLED investigating monthly checks sent to Bishopville mayor

SLED investigating monthly checks sent to Bishopville mayor
Wednesday, July 20, 2011


BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - SLED agents are investigating thousands of dollars in payments to Bishopville's mayor.

Agents want to know if city employees broke the law by writing Mayor Alexander Boyd monthly checks in place of health insurance benefits after he turned the health benefit down in 2004.

Boyd is a retired Lee County employee, and he and his wife have their health insurance paid for by the county for the rest of their lives. In 2004, Bishopville City Administrator Greg McCutchen said Boyd declined to take the city's health insurance. Instead, McCutchen says the city started cutting the mayor a check for the cost of the insurance.

Bishopville Councilman Craig Nesbitt found out about the checks from a voter who asked him to investigate. Nesbitt met with a SLED agent for more than an hour Tuesday inside the Bishopville Police Department.

Bishopville Police Chief John Ewing says he called SLED on Monday to take over the case. "Any time it's internal to the point of supervisors, or anything such as that, we can turn that over to SLED and that's what I chose to do," said Ewing.

Mayor Boyd declined an on-camera interview, saying his attorney told him not to talk about the case. The mayor did confirm the monthly checks he's received were more than $300 each. Using that figure, the city has paid Boyd at least $27,000 since 2004 in lieu of providing him with health insurance.

The mayor says council approved the payments in 2004, so he doesn't think he's done anything wrong. There's no word on what SLED has found out.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15110832/sled-investigating

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