A South Carolina councilwoman has turned her career and life upside down after she was indicted on public corruption charges for using government credit cards to book expensive trips, one of which was to Newark in order to stalk NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, the Columbia Post and Courier reports.
Richland County Council Vice Chairwoman Dahli Myers lost this year’s Democratic primary election for Council District 10 and has since been suspended from office by the governor.
She used government funds to seek out Johnson and former NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour “in an attempt to talk to them about an undisclosed topic,” State Grand Jury Division Chief Attorney Creighton Waters told the judge.
The 52-year-old attempted to reimburse the county, but her $27,000 check “bounced as high as any super ball could bounce.”
On top of stalking Johnson and trying meet Seymour, she also had trips to Greece, Detroit and Nashville, Tenn., and pay for chocolates, books and a cellphone. She also used her government card to buy personal items at Sam’s Club and Staples — including Godiva chocolates, Slim Jims and drinks.