State body finds probable cause in Neil Smith complaint probe

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The State Ethics Commission has ruled that probable cause exists to continue investigating a complaint made against former Pickens County Council chair Neil Smith, county attorney Ken Roper said.

Roper made the statement Monday during county council’s April meeting, following an executive session where council received a legal update on an investigation into the county’s recreation funds.

“The complaint alleges that Mr. Smith directed $25,000 of taxpayer funds to BMI, a private company where Mr. Smith sits on the board of

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