A former Anderson County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday after state investigators said he misused his office to illegally buy a truck that was under a lien.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Monday charged 30-year-old Jake Pelfrey with misconduct in office, perjury, and altering, forging or counterfeiting a certificate of title. A SLED warrant said Pelfrey bought the truck from a Columbia man, 34-year-old Larry Myers, using an invalid title to hide a $1,000 lien. Myers then reported the truck as stolen. Myers was also arrested.
The warrants state Pelfrey filed a false vehicle application with the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a duplicate title and used his position as a deputy to access “sensitive” DMV resources from the agency’s Columbia office. As an Anderson County officer, Pelfrey had no jurisdiction in Columbia, the warrants stated.
An Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Pelfrey resigned last week.
He faces more than six years in prison and/or $1,100 in fines, if convicted. Myers faces up to eight years in prison and $5,000 in fines.