The Latest: Chief deputy reported sheriff spending to cops

The Latest on the indictment of a South Carolina sheriff (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Authorities say the chief deputy in a South Carolina county reported what he thought was improper spending by the sheriff, who has now been arrested.

Interim Florence County Sheriff Billy Barnes said Wednesday that he is asking for the State Law Enforcement Division to audit the sheriff's office finances after Sheriff Kenney Boone was charged with embezzlement Wednesday.

Barnes said in a statement to reporters that SLED started investigating Boone after Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby noticed discrepancies in the his boss's spending.

Barnes says the sheriff's office suffered a black eye after Boone's arrest but will do everything possible to correct it.

The indictments against Boone say he used county funds and drug seizure money to buy groceries, window tinting and other personal items.

Boone is charged with two counts of embezzlement and misconduct in office.

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4:30 p.m.

A judge has ordered a sheriff in South Carolina to remain under electronic monitoring as he awaits trial on embezzlement charges.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone also was ordered to remain under house arrest for at least a week after his arrest Wednesday.

Prosecutors asked for the requirements because they said they were concerned Boone might retaliate against sheriff's office employees who cooperated with the state investigation.

The indictments against Boone say he used county funds and drug seizure money to buy groceries, window tinting and other personal items.

Boone is charged with two counts of embezzlement and misconduct in office. He didn't have a lawyer at his bond hearing.

Boone is the 11th South Carolina sheriff indicted or accused of criminal activity in the past decade.

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11:40 a.m.

A South Carolina sheriff has been indicted after prosecutors say he used county funds and drug seizure money to buy groceries, window tinting and other personal items.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone was charged Wednesday with misconduct in office and two counts of embezzlement.

The indictments say Boone used the money on a wide range of items, including bicycle and baseball equipment, coolers, tools and floor mats. The documents list places Boone shopped, including Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Mainstream Boutique and Rapid Weight Loss.

The indictment doesn't give the exact amount Boone spent, but says it is less than $20,000.

Boone didn't respond to an email seeking comment.

Boone is at least the 10th South Carolina sheriff indicted or accused of criminal activity in the past decade.