Aiken County EMS investigation reveals missing money

November 5, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---The results of a months-long investigation are finally being released. The leader of Aiken County's EMS was on leave without pay from August until October, when he and his wife were finally taken off the payroll. Phil and Lynn Clark were at the center of a SLED investigation into management of county money.

That investigation is finally complete, and Aiken County solicitor Barbara Morgan is releasing the results. She says that based on the review, money is clearly missing, and the Clarks could be responsible. But there is not enough evidence to press criminal charges against either one.


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  • by Malicious Prosecution Location: Aiken on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    The current solicitor, Barbara Morgan, had a man indicted for DUI when she knowingly and willingly was aware that he was not even the driver of the vehicle involved in a traffic accident. State law clearly states that a required element of this crime is that the offender must be both the driver and under the influence of alcohol. The man's name is Michael Batchelor and this appears to be a clear cut case of malicious prosecution as the SC Supreme Court is expected to overturn his conviction within the next 30-60 days. Mistrial Morgan announced this week that she will not seek re-election this year after costing taxpayers thousands of dollars on numerous mistrials, having over 4500 pending criminal cases in the circuit, dozens of accused murders housed in the local detention center at a cost of approxmately $1500 per month per defendant, throwing out hundreds of pending drug cases and receiving numerous higher court reversals.
  • by BOB Location: NORTH AIKEN on Dec 15, 2007 at 04:41 PM
    IS IT COMMON FOR SOLICITOR BARBARA MORGAN TO WRITE A LETTER TO SLED CAPTAIN PAUL GRANT ASKING HIM NOT TO SEEK ARREST WARRANTS WHEN THERE IS A FINDING OF PROBABLE CAUSE THAT A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED (IN THIS CASE EMBEZZLEMENT AND/OR MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE)? ALSO, DUE TO THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST WOULDN'T ANOTHER SOLICITOR PROSECUTE THE CASE AS IS THE SITUATION WITH FORMER JUDGE CARTER'S 2 SLED CHARGES. THEREFORE, IS IT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE FOR SOLICITOR MORGAN TO EVEN INVOLVE HERSELF IN CPT GRANT'S AGENCY'S INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND DISPOSITION OF THIS CASE.
  • by mike Location: aiken on Nov 12, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    Solicitor Barbara Morgan attempts to influence a SLED investigation and encourages them not to file arrest warrants against her buddy former Aiken County EMS Director Phil Clarke. Her letter dated November 2, 2007 states, "... it is clear that money is missing and who may be responsible for the missing money but it is also clear that there is insufficient evidence to successfully pursue charges against either suspect." Phil and his wife racked up more than $1,000 in personal long distance charges while on vacation.$9,569.41 was identified as being mishandled. It is unclear why Solicitor Barbara Morgan interferred with SLED's decision to file arrest warrants since due to a conflict of interest any charges against the former EMS director would be prosecuted by another South Carolina circuit solicitor. Her improper attempts to steer SLED away from filing arrest warrants in this case further exposes her to possible misconduct in office charges when considering the conflict of interest issue. A solicitor's role is to determine whether or not to prosecute a case after an arrest warrant has been filed by a law enforcement agency and approved by a municipal judge or magistrate. It is inappropriate for a solicitor to attempt to influence issuance of a lawful arrest warrant based on probable cause by a SC law enforcement agency.
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