- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A local chamber of commerce in South Carolina has been sued over its spending practices in the last three years.

Media outlets reported a woman filed a lawsuit in Conway accusing The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce of paying “crony companies” more than $30 million in taxes without competitive bidding.

Karon Mitchel’s lawsuit also includes Horry County and the City of Myrtle Beach as defendants.

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The filing says the chamber directed money to businesses started by current or former employees. The lawsuit says those businesses received money for “unsubstantiated goods” and marked-up service prices.

The chamber said in a statement it complied with the law and chose partners on “best business practices.”

Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea and Horry County spokeswoman Kelly Moore would not talk about the lawsuit.

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