Abbeville County sheriff indicted in kickback plot

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin has been indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of misconduct in office.

Goodwin was charged Tuesday. He didn't immediately return a message. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

Prosecutors say an auto body repair shop gave Goodwin a kickback of county money for making sure county cars were serviced at the business for 11 years. Authorities say Goodwin also used state prison inmates to work on cars and property owned by his family.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, Goodwin faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Democrat was first elected sheriff in Abbeville County in 1988. A sex tape involving him surfaced last year, but he still won re-election in a three-way race with 47% of the vote.

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