New charges against SC sheriff including pocketing overtime

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Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A suspended South Carolina sheriff facing federal charges now faces charges in state court too.

A grand jury indicted Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood on 10 counts Thursday.

Prosecutors say he used on-the-clock deputies to convert a barn at his home into an opulent man cave, pocketed overtime meant for his deputies and altered a travel receipt to a Nevada conference to get the county to pay for his wife’s trip too.

Underwood is awaiting federal trial on civil rights charges.

Federal authorities say he created a false police report to justify jailing a man who had done nothing wrong.

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