SC Lt. Governor Cops To Campaign Donation Scheme

Law360, New York (March 9, 2012, 8:42 PM EST) -- South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned Friday and reportedly pled guilty to a seven-count indictment alleging he funneled $75,000 in fake donations to his 2010 campaign to create the impression of broad political support.

Ard admitted to violating state ethics laws and received a $5,000 fine, five years of probation and 300 hours of community service, according to USA Today. The guilty plea followed Ard’s Friday morning resignation and, hours later, the announcement of the charges by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.

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