SC prosecutor facing federal charges related to public funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chief prosecutor for South Carolina’s capital city has been indicted on multiple charges related to misspending of public funds.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced 26 charges against Solicitor Dan Johnson including wire fraud, mail fraud and theft of government funds.

Authorities have been investigating Johnson’s travel and spending habits. He traveled more than 70 days over 21 months. Trips to locations including Amsterdam, Colombia, the Galapagos Islands and Las Vegas were reflected in information released by a nonprofit that obtained them through open-records laws.

Johnson recently lost a primary bid for his third four-year term. He has declined to answer specific questions about his travels but has said he didn’t intend for public money to be used for personal expenses.

Johnson didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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