Andrews mayor and council members owe thousands to city, ethics commission

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

The mayor of Andrews, along with a past and present Andrews Town Council member, have been cited as owing various amounts of money to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission and the town of Andrews.

Some claim they did not know the money was due.

Campaign late filing penalties, delinquent balances and enforcement fines are mentioned for some of the monies owed.

Former Andrews town council member Terrance Middleton said he is unaware of the $300 debt. He said he plans to check into the matter.

Mayor Rodney Giles also said he is unaware of his $7,500 debt and plans to check into the matter.

“I have never taken money from the town,” Mayor Giles said, adding he plans to call the State Ethics Commission.

According to a South Carolina State Ethics Commission report the mayor is assessed a fine of $2,000 in addition to the late filing penalty of $5,000 and an administrative fee of $500 as of August 15, 2013. Terrance Middleton filed his 2009, 2010 and 2011 SEIs late and was assessed a $100 fine/per form.

Additionally, town council member Eddie Lee said the $4,000 delinquent balance regarding a rental property at North Farr Avenue in Andrews, has been resolved and he “is not worried about it.”

Lee and his attorney sent a letter to the mayor regarding the unpaid funds and a deduction will be made from Lee’s monthly fee until the balance is paid in full.

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