Suspended Yemassee police captain appears in court

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Suspended Yemassee police captain appears in court

By PATRICK DONOHUE
pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012   |  314 Words  |  

A Yemassee police captain accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the department appeared in a Richland County courtroom Thursday for the first time since his indictment earlier this month.

Capt. Gregory Alexander's bond was set at $10,000 by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper during a hearing in Columbia. He is charged with one count of misconduct in office and two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, according to Mark Plowden, spokesman for the S.C. Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case.

Plowden said the bond was a personal-recognizance bond, but he was unable to say whether Alexander had also entered a plea Thursday or whether he was booked into the Richland County Detention Center after the hearing.

Town officials were notified last week that Alexander, who is the department's second-in-command, had been indicted by a state grand jury after an investigation by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division into the police force's finances.

Alexander is accused of misusing more than $10,000 in cash seized by the department between Feb. 12, 2009, and Jan. 15, 2011, according to the indictment.

He is alleged to have taken $10,000 during traffic stops in July 2010 and $748 in stops in February 2009, according to the indictment.

The investigation that led to the charges began in October 2010, when Mayor J.L. Goodwin asked Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls to investigate "financial irregularities" within the department, Goodwin has said.

Soon after, Smalls turned over the investigation to SLED, according to town officials.

Alexander has been suspended without pay pending resolution of the case, Police Chief Jack Hagy said last week.

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