Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Former South Carolina Lt. Governor Ken Ard pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts of state ethics violations.
Ard appeared in a Richland County Circuit courtroom at 2 p.m., about an hour after South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson revealed the state grand jury’s indictment against the embattled politician.
Wilson told reporters that a state grand jury indicted Ard for what Wilson calls the “creation of a fictitious campaign.”
Here’s the indictment that Alan Wilson told about at his presser, along with video.
Wilson said Ard was trying to create the impression of a groundswell of support for his candidacy. The contributions were what Wilson called “phantom” contributions –and unusual for South Carolina.
“To our knowledge, the creation of such a fictitious campaign had never been criminally charged before in this state’s history,” Wilson said.
The charges are misdemeanor charges….
As misdemeanors go, though, it was a lulu.