The S.C. State Grand Jury issued yet another round of superseding indictments against former 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson and his former communications director, Nicole Holland.
According to a press release issued by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, the new indictments were handed down Thursday. Johnson, who had already been indicted on state charges of misconduct in office and embezzlement of public funds, is now also charged with obtaining property by false pretenses.
Holland, already indicted by the state grand jury on a charge of embezzlement of public funds, is now also charged with one count each of forgery and perjury.
The new indictment against Johnson claims that between June 2016 and October 2017, while serving both as the 5th Circuit Solicitor and as an officer of the S.C. Air National Guard, he obtained “more than $2,000 from the military in personal reimbursements for Air National Guard travel expenses that were actually paid with a governmental credit card” issued to the solicitor’s office.
The new felony indictment against Holland alleges that between July 2016 and August 2017, she “cover(ed) up personal expenditures by altering copies of the bank statements of a governmental credit card which she was submitting to the governmental entity as justification for payment.”
The new perjury charge against Holland alleges that on March 22, 2018, Holland “willfully (gave) false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath.” Specifically, it alleges that she misled the court about expenditures she claimed she had personally incurred but that had actually been paid with a credit card issued to the solicitor’s office.
In all three new indictments, the state grand jury stated that the alleged misconduct involves public corruption.
Johnson and Holland have also faced federal indictments in the case.
In November, Holland pleaded guilty to one count each of wire and mail fraud. Holland pleaded guilty to using a credit card issued to the solicitor’s office for personal expenses, including various hotel stays in Kentucky. She also pleaded guilty to using solicitor’s office funds to pay for a family member’s more than $1,000 orthodontics treatment. Holland has yet to be sentenced, but could face up to 20 years in a federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In mid-September 2018, the South Carolina U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced that a grand jury had indicted Johnson and Holland on a total of 26 counts of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy to commit those crimes, and the theft of federal funds.
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster suspended Johnson from office almost immediately afterward.