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Anderson councilman resigns after guilty plea

ANDERSON (AP) — An Anderson city councilman has resigned after he admitted lying to federal agents investigating a cocaine case.

Chuck Anderson pleaded guilty Monday. Court records indicate Anderson agreed to the plea deal last month.

Court records show the attorney was representing a man last year who is facing charges in a cocaine case. Federal agents asked Anderson where two vehicles were that they thought Lonnie Maddox had purchased with drug money.

Prosecutors say Anderson lied to agents about the GMC Denali and a classic Chevrolet Chevelle belonging to Maddox at least five times. Court documents say at one point, Anderson had the vehicles.

One of the vehicles was found at the home of one of Anderson’s law partners.

Anderson pleading guilty Monday to making false statements before U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs on Monday

Anderson will be sentenced later. He faces up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors said Anderson was questioned in February and March of last year by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Anderson had served on the city council since July 2012. He previously served for eight years on the Anderson County School District 5 Board of Trustees.

He told other members of city council on Sunday that he was resigning.

Voters are expected to pick someone to fill the rest of his term in a special election in April.

 

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