Ex-Westminster police chief pleads guilty to embezzling $100K - FOX Carolina 21

Ex-Westminster police chief pleads guilty to embezzling $100K

Posted: Updated:
A 2013 mug shot of Johnny Bannister (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center) A 2013 mug shot of Johnny Bannister (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center)
WESTMINSTER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The former Westminster police chief pleaded guilty to embezzling public funds and misconduct in office on Monday.

Solicitor Chrissy Adams said Johnny Scott Bannister was sentenced to 10 years suspended to two years in prison and five years' probation in connection with the guilty plea. He will also have to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

The investigation into missing police funds began in August 2012 by state investigators following Bannister's resignation.

Between January 2009 and July 2012, more than $100,000 went missing, Adams said. Bannister was arrested on March 25, 2013.

"Scott Bannister betrayed the public trust," Adams said. "His actions were not only criminal but a direct contradiction to the responsibility he had to keep the citizens and taxpayers of Westminster safe from crime."

Adams said Bannister's sentence is consistent with that of similar cases in the past.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.