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Former Anderson Co. public defenders arrested

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Kristie McAuley Beck (left) and Robert Gamble. (Anderson Co. Detention Center) Kristie McAuley Beck (left) and Robert Gamble. (Anderson Co. Detention Center)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The former circuit defender and a public defender from Anderson County were arrested Thursday, both charged with misconduct in office.

Former public defender Kristie McAuley Beck, 32, and former Circuit Defender Robert Gamble, 71, were arrested after the State Law Enforcement Division's investigation.

According to the arrest warrants, Beck engaged in private practice of law while working for the Anderson County public defender's office and regularly took fees from clients worth $5,000 between Jan. 2009 and Feb. 2011.

Gamble is accused of neglecting his duties between Jan. 2009 and Feb. 2011 while serving as Circuit Defender. Warrants said he allowed the misuse of county and state funds for personal gain and improperly supervised and approved fraudulent expense reimbursements.

The warrants said that both Gamble and Beck gave recorded statements corroborating SLED's investigation.

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