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Ex-Westminster police chief accused of stealing $100K

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Johnny Bannister (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center) Johnny Bannister (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center)
WESTMINSTER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Former Westminster police Chief Johnny Bannister was arrested Monday after state investigators said he embezzled more than $100,000 from the city.

Bannister, 45, suddenly resigned from his post July 30, 2012. A few weeks later, the State Law Enforcement Division announced an investigation into the department.

Thom Berry, spokesman for SLED, said Monday that Bannister was charged with embezzlement of public funds, forgery and misconduct in office.

According to an arrest warrant, Bannister is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in public funds from city coffers for personal use between January 2009 and July 2012. In another warrant, Bannister is accused of forging a check worth $1,400 that belonged to Seneca Police Chief John Covington.

If convicted, Bannister faces up to 16 years in prison and fines.

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