Florence 1 board member charged with spending $732 for personal use over 3 years

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A Florence School District 1 school board member has been charged with using about $732 in district money for personal use over a three-year period.

School board member Edward James McIver was arrested in the 100 block of Kenton Place in Goose Creek on Thursday, according to Florence County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Glen Kirby.

McIver is charged with embezzlement and misconduct, Chief Deputy Kirby said. His arrest is related to an ongoing investigation that FSD1 officials asked for after suspecting misappropriation of funds.

12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements says a grand jury handed up 315 indictments against McIver. Court hearings will be scheduled in the coming months.

Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said between the dates of Jan. 12, 2016. and Aug. 25, 2019, McIver is alleged to have converted public funds to personal use. 

The amount of public monies involved is alleged to be $732.82.

Investigators allege that McIver used school district funds designated to attend a conference for personal use and a school district issued credit card funded with public monies for groceries, hotels and meals outside his duties as a school board member.

News13 has reached out to the school district for comment. FSD1 Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley said:

“The district office was notified this morning of the arrest of Florence 1 Schools Board Member Rev. EJ McIver. At this time, we do not have any information regarding the nature of the arrest other than the statement released by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and will have no further comments.”

According to FSD1’s website, McIver represents district 3 on the school board as his term of office runs through 2020.

McIver was released on $5,000 bond from the Florence County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon.

This is a developing story.

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