Orangeburg County officials have sued the estate of the late Sheriff Larry Williams, accusing him of stealing thousands of dollars. The county now wants the money back.
The Orangeburg Times and Democrat reported Thursday that the county is also suing Larry Williams’ fiancée, Ivadella Walters, who officials claim helped him take the money. They are also suing South Carolina Federal Credit Union, where Walters was a former employee.
A county audit, requested by present Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, revealed the existence of 11 bank accounts containing over $200,000 that was not included in the county’s audited financial statements in previous years. That led to a State Law Enforcement Division investigation into financial irregularities under Williams.
Williams died on September 21, 2010 of acute respiratory failure. Chronic kidney disease was a contributing factor in the 53-year-old sheriff’s death.
He became a national figure during the August 2010 investigation of Shaquan Duley, a young mother who confessed to suffocating her two toddler sons before driving her car into the river with their bodies inside.