SC Lt Gov Ard indicted on criminal ethics charges

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - 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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