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Attorney: Former state Sen. Ford expected to plead guilty in ethics case

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Former South Carolina Sen. Robert Ford is expected to plead guilty to ethics charges Wednesday during a hearing in Columbia, according to his attorney Bill Runyon.

Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Tuesday a hearing in the case of State v. Robert Ford will be held Wednesday, January 14 at 10 a.m. at the Richland County Courthouse. Judge Robert Hood will preside over the hearing. 

The Charleston Democrat was indicted in November 2014 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.

Runyon says the former state senator is expected to plead guilty at the hearing, but details are still being worked out. 

Ford was last in court for a bond hearing on December 3, in which he was granted a $50,000 personal recognizance bond

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