A police captain from a Lowcountry community has been suspended without pay after being charged with pocketing almost $11,000 seized in police traffic stops.
The Beaufort Gazette reports officials from the town of Yemassee were notified this week that Capt. Gregory Alexander had been charged with one count of misconduct in office and two counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
Police Chief Jack Hagy told the paper that the charges follow a State Law Enforcement Division investigation. Alexander is accused of misusing more than $10,000 in cash seized by the department between Feb. 12, 2009, and Jan. 15, 2011, according to the indictment.
Hagy says the department is standing by Alexander, who is listed as its second in command. The chief says he has full faith and confidence in the officer and that the matter will soon be resolved.
An investigation began in October 2010 when the town’s mayor J.L. Goodwin asked Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls to investigate “financial irregularities” within the department.