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Documents Show Taxpayer Money Spent on Jewelry, Pageants, Catering

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A former sheriff's department employee in Greenwood County may have spent hundreds of thousands of public dollars on questionable expenses. A former sheriff's department employee in Greenwood County may have spent hundreds of thousands of public dollars on questionable expenses.
GREENWOOD, S.C. -

Sandi Owens was an administrative assistant fired from Greenwood County Sheriff's Office in February.  At the time, 7 On Your Side Reported her dismissal and a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigation into misused money at the Sheriff's Office.  

Now, a careful examination of thousands of Sheriff's Office financial records may show where some of that money went.  

7 On Your Side used the Freedom of Information Act to get all account statements at the Sheriff's Office from 2009, when Owens was hired, until she was fired this year.

The 750 pages of documents show taxpayer money spent on women's clothing and lingerie in Greenville, jewelry in Florida, and thousands of dollars spent on the Miss South Carolina and Miss America beauty pageants.

Sandi Owens daughter was Miss Simpsonville Teen and Miss Greater Hartsville in the last few years.

Scott Bryan, a reporter for the Greenwood Index Journal, first reported the unusual expenditures.  He estimates the questionable expenditures total "hundreds of thousands of dollars".

"We don't know how much further it goes. There's a perfect example in today's paper. We had a thousand dollar check that was written to a former deputy, all it had was her name on the check, and she never received a thousand dollars," Bryan said.

A SLED spokeswoman confirmed an ongoing investigation into the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office but would not comment further.  Sheriff Tony Davis did not return calls for comment.

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