SC Police Chief Arrested for Money Laundering

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FBI arrests a fired Manning police chief on Jan. 7 over an alleged money laundering scheme.

A federal indictment alleges Gary “Blair” Shaffer stole around $78,000 from the city of Manning in 2015. According to the indictment, the money Shaffer acquired had previously been seized from “proceeds of specified unlawful activity, to wit: distribution of controlled substances.”

The indictment then states that Shaffer “willfully and knowingly” lied about where the money had came from, saying he received it from his brother.  

The aforementioned Federal indictment can be read here.

Manning’s Public Safety Committee fired Shaffer in July 2018, citing multiple reasons including that he failed to follow certain procedures regarding promotions within the department and had alleged confrontations with staffers.

Manning’s mayor, Julia Nelson, later announced Shaffer’s termination, citing the “safety of our residents, guests and community.”  

The Sumter Item reports his employee file includes no reprimands or inappropriate behavior during his 25 years with the department.

Shaffer appeared in a Charleston court Monday afternoon, where he plead not guilty to charges including money laundering, theft of federal funds, and making a false statement to the FBI.

He was released on a $25,000 bond.

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