BCSD paying legal fees of employees being investigated by SLED

BCSD paying legal fees of employees being investigated by SLED

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School District has reimbursed two employees a total of $161,040 to cover legal fees in an ongoing SLED investigation.

The information was obtained through a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Authorities are currently investigating possible ethics violations in the district.

So far, communications director Amy Kovach is the only employee to be formally charged. She's facing two charges. Right now Kovach is accused of using public funds to influence the outcome of an election.

According to court records, Kovach was also charged with forgery of a value of less than $10,000 on September 9, 2014.

The school district has reimbursed her $95,336.53 in legal fees.

The deputy superintendent, Archie Franchini has also been investigated, but not charged with any wrongdoing, and has been reimbursed $65,704.07.

Calls have been made to school district officials as to where the money is coming from to cover the legal fees.

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