State Senator Raymond Cleary and his wife under investigation

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a state senator from Murrells Inlet and his wife illegally sold equipment from a business they owned.

According to an incident report, State Senator Ray Cleary and his wife Lisa were partners, along with William McKown, Robert Haire and Gary Roberts in Fontinello's Restaurant in Murrells Inlet.

Gary Roberts filed the complaint with the sheriff's office.

The report indicates the restaurant closed for good on February 28th, and no one was allowed to remove anything from the building due to a lien against the property.

Roberts alleges in the report that the Clearys and the other partners knew about the lien. He says at a meeting to discuss it, Cleary told Roberts to "get the (expletive) out of the building, and get out now." Roberts told deputies rather than fight Cleary, he left the property.

According to the report, Roberts says Lisa Cleary took property from the business and Senator Cleary sold it.

No charges have been filed, and the case is under investigation.

Cleary's attorney, David Durant, says the allegations are untrue.

He says Roberts never disclosed the property was under lien.