- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina state senator who resigned amid an ethics investigation and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office is due back in court for missing his monthly, court-ordered payments.

Robert Ford of Charleston was sentenced last May to five years of probation and ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges.

As of a January citation from the state’s probation agency, he owed nearly $9,000 in missed payments.

Ford’s attorney, William Runyon, says he will ask the judge Monday to reduce Ford’s payments.

Last month, Ford filed to regain his seat. He resigned in 2013 midway into Senate Ethics hearings on charges he used donations for personal expenses and then tried to cover it up. His colleagues sent their findings to the attorney general’s office.

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