State ethics panel investigates Moseley


County Auditor Peggy Moseley has drawn attention in recent months for delayed tax bills and a controversial tax break on her Johns Island home, and now the State Ethics Commission is investigating her use of a government vehicle.

The commission is looking into whether Moseley violated any laws when in March she used her county vehicle to drive to GOP offices to file for re-election.

County resident David Coe, a critic of Moseley’s actions, filed a complaint with the commission April 20. In it he stated that Moseley was seen driving her assigned county car to GOP offices to file for re-election.

Moseley did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

Herbert Hayden, executive director of the commission, said he could neither confirm nor deny whether an investigation was under way because such disclosures are a criminal offense under state statute.

But in an April 27 letter to Coe, Hayden stated the complaint Coe had filed “contained facts sufficient to warrant an investigation.”

Coe said he’s concerned about government waste. He knows that some people might not consider Moseley’s stop at the GOP offices a big infraction. But, he said, he’s bothered by her attitude toward the rules. She thinks “it’s not a big deal,” Coe said. “Her attitude is, ‘I don’t give a damn.’?”

Earlier this year, Moseley’s office made news for its role in delaying recent tax bills. She also came under scrutiny over a controversial tax break on her Johns Island home. The tax break later was rescinded.

Moseley currently is serving her fifth four-year term as auditor. To win a sixth, she must defeat two Republican opponents: former Charleston County School Board member David Engelman and former Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Paul Gawrych.

The GOP winner will face Democrat Peter Tecklenburg and possibly a petition candidate this fall.

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