Interim sheriff named for Williamsburg County

Former Williamsburg County Sheriff Jack McCrea has been named interim sheriff after Governor Nikki Haley suspended current Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson following his indictment on federal charges, according to Willliamsburg County Council officials.

A federal grand jury indicted Johnson last week on a charge of Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud.

A copy of the indictment says Johnson conspired with Columbia-based FIG Investments, LLC owner Lester Woods to help 130 customers falsely improve their credit ratings.

It says Sheriff Johnson filed false incident reports with a credit bureau to help customers with overdue bills claim they were the victims of identity theft.

Woods has also been indicted on the same charge Wednesday.

Johnson says he will fight the charge and has hired a former federal attorney to represent him.

Governor Haley issued an executive order suspending Johnson from office last Thursday.

McCrea served as sheriff from 1993-1998 and presently works part time for the sheriff's office.

He could serve as interim sheriff pending the outcome of Johnson's case.