Former Manning police chief pleads guilty

Manning, S.C. (WOLO) — According to the US Attorney’s office the former chief of police in Manning, has pleaded guilty to theft of federal funds, and making a false statement.

Gary Shaffer was the chief of police until August 2018.

Prosecutors say in 2015 Shaffer stole over $80,000 that was confiscated during a traffic stop. The money was suppose to be deposited into a City of Manning bank account with the Bank of Clarendon.

 In September 2015, Shaffer began making large cash deposits into ATMs.  By November 2015 he had deposited approximately $78,514 into his personal accounts by way of cash ATM deposits.

A state court ordered the Manning Police Department to return a portion of the money to the individuals from whom the money was seized.

Three official checks were issued from Shaffer’s personal accounts.  The checks were made out to the attorney who represented the individuals to whom the money was supposed to be returned, and their total value was the exact amount that the state court had ordered to be returned.

In 2017, during an interview Shaffer told the FBI that the deposits were of money he’s been saving for years from multiple sources. Shaffer admitted in federal court that the statement was false.

Shaffer could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

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