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      Investigation of ethics violations against former sheriff's candidate could wrap up this week

      Officials with the South Carolina Ethics Commission say an investigation into possible campaign finance violations by Charles Woodle may come to an end later this week.

      In July 2012, the commission says it found probable cause to charge Woodle with 33 counts of campaign finance violations.

      Officials with the commission say the outcome of the investigation could result in fines and fees against Woodle.

      Woodle is the chief of the Lamar Police Department and former candidate for Darlington County Sheriff.

      The commission's actions stem from a three month investigation into Woodle's campaign activities when he ran for sheriff of Darlington County in the June 2012.

      The allegations in the 13-page Ethics Commission document accuse Woodle of using campaign funds for personal expenses, failing to detail campaign contributions, failing to to itemize expenditures on campaign disclosure report, failing to file an initial campaign disclosure report and failing to file a quarterly campaign disclosure report.

      At one point, the ommission says it referred this investigation to the SC Attorney General's Office.

      Woodle has been in law enforcement for the past 28 years and has held positions in patrol, warrant division, criminal investigations and narcotics.