June 20, 2014 9:50 PM

SC defends 2009 grant that became target for swindlers

A 2009 state economic-development grant to rural Marion County for $1 million, from which an alleged swindler is accused of skimming $61,500, was awarded as a gamble to help an impoverished county during the height of the Great Recession, SC Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt told The State on Friday.

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