A state circuit judge has set an $18,000 personal recognizance bond for suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell.
Harrell appeared in a Richland County courtroom for the Monday hearing. He told reporters afterwards. “I don’t have anything I want to say at this time.”
In addition to the bond, Harrell will not be allowed to travel outside of South Carolina. However, Judge John Hayes did allow an exception for the Speaker to travel to the University of South Carolina’s football game in Kentucky on Saturday.
Harrell was suspended as House Speaker earlier this month after a Richland County grand jury indicted him on nine counts related to misusing campaign funds and hiding it from state ethics officials.
State prosecutors claim Harrell repeatedly used campaign funds towards his plane and for paying a secretary at his insurance agency. The indictments also claim Harrell filed false documentation with the state to hide those purchases.
The Speaker waived his arraignment, meaning he did not enter a formal plea to each charge. However, he has repeatedly insisted in the past they he did knowingly violate the law and did not benefit personally from the funds.