SC ethics panel to discuss Atlantic Beach official

August 3, 2013 

— The S.C. State Ethics Commission is scheduled to discuss allegations that Atlantic Beach Councilwoman Carolyn Cole used her office for her own economic interest.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the commission says it's found enough probable cause to hear 10 counts after a complaint was filed in February by then-Councilman Jake Evans.

The complaint said Cole violated state ethics by writing and signing checks to herself totaling $23,485 without council approval, and that the checks were written to satisfy a debt to her not included in the budget for fiscal year 2012.

Cathy Hazelwood, general counsel and deputy director for the commission, said Cole's hearing, set for Sept. 18, has been postponed.

Cole said she believes she can present facts contrary to the charges.

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