A South Carolina councilwoman allegedly made a quick break together with her authorities bank card — blowing $27,000 on a private spending spree that included a weird journey to Newark to search out Magic Johnson, in accordance with reviews.
Dahli Myers additionally allegedly lavished herself with Godiva sweets, a visit to Greece and even used the general public money to purchase herself a information to the online game Fortnite, The Publish and Courier reported.
She was indicted Thursday on 24 counts of public corruption for utilizing a public bank card to pay for the non-public bills, the paper stated.
It’s not clear why the 52-year-old, who’s the Vice Chairwoman of the Richland County Council, allegedly went to Newark to satisfy Johnson — and in addition former NFL participant Richard Seymour — however she apparently needed to debate an undisclosed matter, the paper stated.
The basketball legend had been in Newark in late September 2019 to advertise wholesome consuming at Newark Beth Israel Medical Heart, Patch reported on the time.
The allegedly crooked globe-trotter additionally swiped her card for journeys to Greece and Northern Illinois College.
She claimed she was going to be studying about native authorities in these locations. However in actuality the abroad jaunt was a private journey and he or she traveled to Illinois for a relative’s commencement, officers stated, in accordance with the paper.
The prosecutor accused Myers of giving “demonstrably false” explanations of her spending to investigators.
Myers allegedly informed them that county officers gave her the OK to fly to Houston to get a passport to attend an financial improvement assembly in China — however she actually went to Detroit to see household.
Myers can also be accused of loading up her bank card with snacks from Sam’s Membership and Staples, together with the Godiva sweets, Slim Jims and drinks.
State Grand Jury Division Chief Lawyer Creighton Waters stated Myers tried to assert that books she’d purchased from Barnes and Noble have been to learn to high school kids — nevertheless it was later revealed that one in all them was a method guide for the uber-popular online game Fortnite, in accordance with the paper.
The county ultimately caught as much as the spendthrift, asking her to repay $27,000. Myers despatched in a test — however then in an about-face blamed her spending on lack of oversight.
“It’s not my fault; it’s your fault as a result of y’all weren’t monitoring my card,” she allegedly informed county officers, in accordance with Waters.
The test apparently bounced anyway.
“The county really tried to run (the test) twice, it bounced twice, it bounced as excessive as Tremendous Ball might ever bounce and whenever you take a look at her monetary information, there’s no $27,000 there,” the prosecutor stated.
Myers, who was first elected in 2016, additionally confronted costs from the State Ethics Fee for allegedly failing to reveal 1000’s in marketing campaign contributions and bills, the Publish and Courier reported.
They included $252 on fireworks, $53 at a wine retailer, about $775 on eating places and a $1,000 subscription to a legislation service, the outlet stated.
Myers is indicted on costs together with misconduct in workplace, utilizing her authorities place for private achieve, embezzlement, writing a fraudulent test and misusing her marketing campaign cash for private bills.
A state grand jury charged her with blowing the marketing campaign money to cowl money owed owed to LexisNexis by her enterprise, Myers Enterprise Legal professionals, LLC.
Myers was suspended from workplace on Friday. However her time period would’ve ended Dec. 31 following her Democratic main loss in Council District 10 earlier this yr.
She was launched with out bail after a courtroom listening to Friday. Her legal professional Deborah Barbier stated Myers is “deeply saddened and appears ahead to resolving the fees.”
Waters, in the meantime, blasted Richland County’s lack of economic oversight for taking part in an element in Myers’ case.
“Our investigation was made more durable due to the free approach Richland County runs its monetary points,” he stated in courtroom, “and the way there are various expenditures that on their face seem improper however as a result of they’re tolerated in Richland County, it makes it troublesome for an investigation to pursue, and it must cease.”