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Politics: SLED will investigate sheriff candidate’s ‘family feud’

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

A claim that a Litchfield woman tried to transfer money from her mother’s bank account without permission is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division because the woman’s husband is a candidate for Georgetown County sheriff.

Ethel L. Herriott, 75, told a deputy last week that she suspects her daughter Sharon Carr and her son Michael Herriott of Atlanta are responsible for three attempts to transfer funds from her account at Georgetown Kraft Credit Union in February. One transfer attempt came while Herriott was at the credit union branch in Pawleys Island talking with the manager about someone trying to alter her personal information on the account. That attempt was made by a woman, Herriott told the deputy.

Sharon Carr is the wife of Darryel Carr, a Democrat who filed last month to run for sheriff against Republican incumbent Lane Cribb. Darryel said he wasn’t aware of the accusation until contacted by a reporter. “No one came to me and asked anything about this,” he said. He said the complaint was unfounded and the result of “a family feud.”

The Carrs live next door to Herriott, and she told the deputy that she changed her locks because Sharon came in her house while she was asleep. She said she is afraid of her daughter.

The deputy told Herriott to call the sheriff’s office if her daughter tries to enter her house and he suggested she put Sharon and Darryel Carr on trespass notice.

A day later, the deputy met with Herriott and her two sisters. Herriott showed the deputy credit card statements going back to 2009 that show thousands of dollars of transactions that she said she didn’t authorize. A Discover Card account had a $7,500 balance and a Bank of America card had a $17,000 balance. She told the deputy she discovered the cards were being used when she was contacted by a collection agency.

“According to family members, Sharon and Darryl [sic] Carr have been taking advantage of Ms. Herriott financially for several years,” the deputy said in his report.

Darryel Carr said Herriott is now living with him and his wife. She had lived with them before, then moved out and was cared for by another daughter.

“The momma won’t do what they want her to do, which is sell the property,” Carr said.

He said he welcomes the SLED investigation into the claims. “First of all, it ain’t true,” he said. “When you’re out there as a candidate, you have to have thick skin.”

The November election will be a three-way race between Cribb, Carr and Birt Adams, an Independence Party candidate.

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