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Anderson city councilman resigns, pleads guilty to federal charge

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Anderson City Council member has resigned after court documents said he pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge in federal court on Monday.

According to court documents, former At-Large Eighth Seat Chair and attorney Charles Anderson pleaded guilty to "making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of a department or agency of the United States."

In a release from the Department of Justice, they said Anderson lied to federal agents about his knowledge of the whereabouts of two vehicles of one of his clients, Lonnie Maddox, who is currently facing federal drug charges in South Carolina. The DOJ said Anderson lied to federal agents on five occasions between Feb. 21 and March 15, 2013.

The Department of Justice said Anderson knew the whereabouts of Maddox's Yukon Denali and denied knowing to the DEA and Homeland Security. They said he also lied to law enforcement about moving the SUV, which was found at Anderson's law partner's house.

According to the Department of Justice, Anderson initially lied to federal agents about possessing another one of Maddox's cars, a Chevy Chevelle. They said he later admitted to officials that he had possessed the car but lied about its location.

"Lawyers are officers of the court, sworn to protect the law and adhere to a professional code of ethics. Anderson's actions were illegal, unethical but most importantly compromised the integrity of our legal system. Any attorney who puts personal gain above professional responsibility has no business practicing law," said U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins.

The possible penalty for the charge is five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and no more than three years supervised, according to the plea deal.

Anderson resigned from his position as a City Council member in the city of Anderson on Sunday. He was elected to a four-year term as the At-Large Seat 8 council member in 2012.

Linda McConnell, the assistant city manager, said they will amend the current election ordinance to include the unexpired term for Anderson's seat.

The city has an upcoming election on April 8.

A sentencing date has not been set at this time.

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