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SC Lt Gov Ard indicted on criminal ethics charges


The state grand jury has indicted former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard on seven counts on violating state ethics laws.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said Friday that Ard gave $75,000 of his own money to people who then gave that money back to him as individual contributions.

Wilson says Ard also received $87,500 in contributions that could not be matched to the person who allegedly gave them.

Ard resigned Friday, just hours before the misdemeanor indictments were announced. The 48-year-old Republican has already paid a $48,000 civil ethics fine for using money from his 2010 campaign to pay for personal items, like clothes, football tickets and a flat-screen TV.

Senate Pro Tem Glenn McConnell has announced he will take over as lieutenant governor.

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