COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A judge has set bond for former Sen. Robert Ford on eight charges that include misconduct in office, forgery and ethics violations.
Ford was allowed to remain free Wednesday on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. He said little to reporters after the hearing.
The Charleston Democrat was indicted last month on misconduct in office, forgery and six Ethics Act violations. State prosecutors say Ford improperly benefited from his public office, using campaign money for personal use, then filing false campaign reports and submitting forgeries to the Senate Ethics Committee.
Ford resigned about a year and a half ago during hearings on similar allegations that he used campaign donations for personal expenses, misrepresented his spending, failed to report numerous expenses and personal loans, and then tried to cover it up.