Ex-SC Lt. Gov. Earle Morris dead at 82

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Earle Morris, who served prison time for securities fraud, has died.

The former politician's wife said Morris died Friday morning. Carol Morris said her husband was suffering from cancer. He was 82. Morris served in the state Legislature before being elected lieutenant governor in 1971.

Five years later, he became the state's comptroller general, holding that office until 1999.

Morris was convicted for his role in one of the largest bankruptcies in state history. He was chairman of Carolina Investors when the company failed in 2003. Eight thousand investors lost $275 million.

Morris was sentenced to nearly four years in prison after he was convicted of 22 counts of securities fraud. He was released last March because of his health.

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