Sanford Agrees to pay $74,000 in fines - DatelineCarolina

Sanford Agrees to pay $74,000 in fines

By Lauren Cohen

Posted: March 19, 2010 10:47am

Governor Mark Sanford agreed to pay $74,000 in fines on Thursday to settle his ethics violations case. The governor said he was not guilty of the 37 state ethics violations he's charged with, but agreed to pay the fine to end the investigation. 

Sanford also agreed to pay $66,223 to pay the cost of the state's investigation on his activities. The money would pay for the governor's use of state aircraft, airline tickets to Argentine where he visited his mistress, and campaign account money he had used for travel. 

 The State Ethics Commission also publicly reprimanded the Governor for denying he broke any laws on Thursday.  

At the same time, a Charleston County family court judge finalized Sanford's divorce from his wife of 20 years, Jenny Sanford.

Sanford's legal problems are not over.  South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster's office is still running investing whether the governor broke any laws in his activities.

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