GCSO employee under investigation for alleged criminal activity, policy violations

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division confirmed Thursday that the agency was investigating allegations against the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff's office requested the investigation, according to a spokesperson for SLED.

Thursday afternoon, Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly told FOX that he'd requested a SLED investigation into whether any laws had been violated after he received a complaint from someone who said the Sheriff's Office had been purchasing supplies from a business partially owned by one of its employees.

The Sheriff's statement read as follows:I received a complaint from an individual alleging that my office was purchasing supplies/materials from a business in which the Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant John Long is part owner. I have verified that the Greenwood Sheriff’s Office has made purchases from this business. To determine if any laws have been violated by anyone associated with these purchases, I have requested the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigate the incident. In the meantime, I have placed Lieutenant John Long on administrative leave until SLED completes its investigation. Lieutenant John Long has done a very good job for the Sheriff’s Office while I have been in office. Since SLED has agreed to investigate, it would be inappropriate for me to make further comments.Stay with FOX Carolina for the latest.

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