LIBERTY, S.C. — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has conducted an investigation regarding the use of public funds for personal expenditures in the city of Liberty.
The Greenville News reports that the agency began the investigation in June 2015 after city’s external auditor, Drake Curry, had discovered missing money while conducting the city’s yearly audit.
The report, which was obtained under the state Freedom of Information Act, found that several public employees used city-issued credit cards on personal expenditures. Mayor Eric Boughman, for instance, used his city credit card routinely, but paid the city back each month to clear the balance.
Boughman says there were no rules regarding the card’s use at the time. He says he has since enacted policy forbidding the use of city credit cards on personal spending.