Former county 911 director now faces federal indictments on charges she took overtime money from employees

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Friday, May 31, 2019
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ALLENDALE COUNTY, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – After a News 12 investigation, a former 911 director faces federal indictments.

Our I-Team first told you about Louise Pinkney more than 2 years ago. She was allegedly misappropriating county money.

[RELATED: SLED investigating Allendale County 911 and citizens believe more needs to be investigated]

Pinkney wouldn't talk to us the last time we saw her at a county council meeting, but this indictment says a lot about what investigators believe she did to her employees and the taxpayers of Allendale County.

The indictment states "using her position of authority, Louise Pinkney, approached several subordinate employees to request they inflate their overtime hours." She "then siphoned these overtime payments from her employees and converted them for her personal use." The employees consent was "induced by the wrongful use of fear."

Pinkney is not only charged with theft and extortion but also obstruction of justice. SLED raided her office on October 10, 2017 -- the same day the agency says she erased data from a computer.

Turns out not all of the stories in Allendale are just stories.

In February, the town's administrator pleaded guilty to stealing money from the city. In March, the town's human resources director pleaded guilty to using town's bank card to buy cars and to pay for repairs to her family property. Now in May, the county's 911 director is charged with stealing at least $5,000.

Pinkney's father served as the county administrator during the time she worked as the county's 911 director. He is currently suing the county for unpaid wages.

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