One South Carolina Democrat has landed in hot water over allegations that she used public money to fuel an international spending spree.
According to the Post and Courier, Myers’ purchases included trips to Detroit, Nashville, and even Greece, as well as snacks and a trip to see basketball legend Magic Johson.
“She also used her government card to buy personal items at Sam’s Club and Staples — including Godiva chocolates, Slim Jims, and drinks,” Waters was quoted by the Post and Courier as saying.
“Myers used her card for personal cellphone charges and repairs,” he continued. “She told authorities she bought books at Barnes and Noble to read to schoolchildren and then gave the books to the children, but her purchases included a strategy book to play the online video game Fortnite.”
Myers blames authorities
The paper reported that although Myers agreed to repay the charges, she later went back on that promise and blamed authorities for her spending, saying, “It’s not my fault; it’s your fault because y’all weren’t monitoring my card.”
She is now facing a bevy of criminal charges, including embezzlement, check fraud, misconduct in office, and misusing campaign funds.
Columbia, South Carolina news affiliate Fox 57 reported that Gov. Henry McMaster (R) removed Myers on Friday and replaced her with Cheryl English (D), who was already set to take over the office in January following the election.
A statement from the governor’s office was quoted as saying that English will serve until “Myers is formally acquitted, convicted, the indictment is otherwise disposed of, or until January 1 when her four-year term will begin.”
Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston released a statement of his own, writing, “There is nothing more important than residents having trust and confidence in their locally elected officials and local government.”
“While I am disappointed in and concerned about the alleged conduct of Councilwoman Dalhi Myers, I respect the due process of law and her right to defend herself against these allegations in court,” Livingston added.
“Despite this troubling situation, the Richland County Council and its hundreds of dedicated employees will continue to work hard every day to serve the public with honor and integrity,” he said.