AUG 22, 2012

Wilson Announces Plans for Public Integrity Unit

Attorney General Discusses Collaborative Initiative across the State Today

COLUMBIA– South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced plans for a major initiative among state agencies to combat corruption and protect public integrity in Charleston this morning.

“The Public Integrity Unit is a partnership, not another agency. It will be a collaborative alliance of different agencies working together from day one. The mission of the Public Integrity Unit will be to increase confidence in both state and local government, deter corruption, better protect the public trust, and enforce ethics laws to the fullest extent,” stated Wilson. “The Attorney General’s office, members of the General Assembly, and members of various state agencies will continue to work together on this collaborative effort.”

“Today is just a starting point. We all agree comprehensive ethics reform is sorely needed,” Wilson continued. “It is going to take both parties, both houses of the legislature, and the executive branch of state government to come together to make this happen. I look forward to working with all parties and all South Carolinians to bring much needed improvements to our ethics laws.”

The Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit will bring together dedicated resources and expertise to more efficiently and effectively investigate and prosecute criminal violations of the public trust. The partnership will include the Attorney General’s office, the State Law Enforcement Division, the Department of Revenue, the State Ethics Commission, and the Inspector General’s office.

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