The former top prosecutor for the Columbia area has been indicted on three dozen more federal charges.
The US Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that a grand jury returned 36 additional indictments against suspended Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson. Johnson was already suspended from office after more than two dozen indictments in September amid accusations that he misused public money for his personal expenses.
The new charges include wire and mail fraud, theft of federal funds, false statements, illegal conversion of federal funds, and obstruction.
Authorities indicted Johnson after a open records group Public Access to Public Records was able to obtain spending documents from the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. They revealed questionable expenses made by Johnson, including trips to vacation spots such as the Galapagos islands and Las Vegas. The Democrat insists the funds were spent legitimately, but has repaid more than $25,000 to the office since an audit earlier this year.
The solicitor’s former director of communications Nicole Holland pleaded guilty to mail fraud and wire fraud charges earlier this month. She will be sentenced in February.
Johnson was previously defeated in a reelection attempt back in June by solicitor-elect Byron Gipson.