MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — The S.C. State Ethics Commission is scheduled to discuss allegations that Atlantic Beach Councilwoman Carolyn Cole used her office for her own economic interest.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the commission said it’s found enough probable cause to hear 10 counts after a complaint was filed in February by then-Councilman Jake Evans.

The complaint said Cole violated state ethics by writing and signing checks to herself totaling $23,485 without council approval and that the checks were written to satisfy a debt to her not included in the budget for fiscal year 2012.

Cole said she believes she can present facts contrary to the charges.


Information from: The Sun News,

Ethics panel to discuss S.C. official