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HARDEEVILLE -- The State Law Enforcement Division has opened a criminal investigation into Hardeeville's finances after a four-year forensic audit identified irregularities, officials announced Wednesday.
Results of the audit were sent to SLED for a review last month, prompting the agency to begin a misconduct in public office investigation into the city's "previous administration," according to Mayor Bronco Bostick, who was elected in May.
Bostick said he wasn't comfortable with the results of the audit, but would not say specifically if money was stolen. The goal of presenting the results to the public has been delayed until the investigation is finished, he said.
"I felt it was a little dirty, so I sent it to SLED," Bostick said when reached by phone Wednesday evening. "It's not as clean as it should be. That's why I sent it to SLED. Let's see what they find."
Two SLED agents are assigned to the case, according to a press release.
Such investigations typically take months to complete.