UPDATE: Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Skipper arrested
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – The president and CEO of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce Richard D. Skipper, 51, was arrested sometime Friday. He has been charged with several counts of Forgery Less than $10,000.
An investigation by the West Columbia Police Department has determined Skipper submitted approximately $5,150.00 of fraudulent invoices to the City of West Columbia for reimbursement of Hospitality Tax Grant Funds.
According to investigators, Skipper submitted fraudulent invoices in 2018 and 2019 for events such as the Holiday Parade of Lights and West Columbia’s Rhythm on the River Concert Series. Skipper was arrested on May 29, 2020, and is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. At just before 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020, he was still being held there with no bond amount set, however he is expected to face a judge later Saturday for that hearing.
The chamber’s website shows that Skipper was hired by the CWC Chamber in early 2018. It says he is originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama but has been in the Midlands for nearly 20 years. Prior to being hired by the chamber, Skipper worked for 18 years in media advertising and marketing.
According to Assistant Police Chief Morrison, the City of West Columbia and the West Columbia Police Department take the proper use of public funds very seriously. When irregularities in the use of public funds were discovered, a thorough investigation began. The misuse of taxpayer dollars is not tolerated in the City of West Columbia and anyone who mishandles public funds will be diligently prosecuted.