An Anderson city councilman resigned his position a day before pleading guilty for lying to federal agents who were investigating a cocaine case.
Chuck Anderson pleaded guilty to making false statements in federal court on Monday.
Prosecutors say Anderson, an attorney, was representing a man who was facing charges in a cocaine case last year. Drug Enforcement Agency agents said they asked Anderson about the location of two vehicles that investigators believed his client Lonnie Maddox had purchased with drug money.
Prosecutors say Anderson lied to agents about the vehicles belonging to Maddox at least five times. Court documents say at one point, Anderson had the vehicles. One of the vehicles was found at the home of one of Anderson’s law partners.
Anderson will be sentenced at a later date. He faces up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
He told fellow Anderson City Council members on Sunday that he would be stepping down. He had only served on the council since July 2012. Previously, he served for eight years on the Anderson County School District 5 Board of Trustees.