Fitsnews.com is reporting that South Carolina Lt. Governor Ken Ard has accepted a plea agreement with the state’s Attorney General’s office and will be resigning in the next 48 hours.
Ard has been the subject of a recent criminal probe led by the A.G. over alleged misuse of campaign finances as well as more than 100 other ethics violations. Ard was hit with the second largest ethics fine in state history ($48,400).
Attention was first brought onto Ard, after he spent $24,832 after the 2010 election, which allegedly was used to buy football tickets, iPods, and other personal items.
This controversy comes as another blow to South Carolina politics. It was not too long ago that former governor Mark Sanford resigned from office after taking several days off to carry on an affair with a woman in Argentina. Sanford, by the way, was hit with the largest ethics fine in South Carolina history, totaling $74,000.
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