November 23, 2014

Former Anderson city councilman heading to prison

Charles Anderson (Image: City of Anderson)

Charles Anderson (Image: City of Anderson)

A former Anderson City Council member and attorney was sentenced Monday to five months in prison on an obstruction charge, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

44-year-old Charles Anderson pleaded guilty in January to lying about the whereabouts of his client’s vehicles. Anderson was representing Lonnie Maddox on federal drug charges at the time in connection with a large-scale cocaine investigation at the time.

Prosecutors say Anderson lied to investigators at least five times in February and March 2013 about the whereabouts of two vehicles they said Maddox bought with drug proceeds. Investigators also say Anderson lied about his role in moving one of the vehicles (an SUV) and that he had possession of the other.

Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations agents eventually found the SUV at the home of Anderson’s law partner. Prosecutors said during Monday’s hearing that agents found a kilo of cocaine inside a secret compartment of the SUV.

Once he serves his prison sentence, Anderson must also complete five months home confinement with location monitoring plus 100 community service hours.

He resigned his council seat shortly after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors in January.