DSI confronts council on ‘vendetta’
Representatives from Dorchester Seniors, Inc., confronted the Dorchester County Council at their meeting Monday night about the alleged “vendetta” the council has against the group.
Tony Oglietti, a member of the Dorchester Seniors board of directors, addressed the council on behalf of six other members who were present.
His only request was for the council to have a meeting with the leadership of Dorchester Seniors, which he said the group has been trying to schedule for more than one year but has yet to come to fruition.
This request follows several accusations of fraud and illegal activity from the council and some of its members over the past year.
“We are fed up with this kind of treatment without you meeting with us to discuss these issues,” he said.
Oglietti’s grievances were mainly directed toward Councilman Larry Hargett and Marvin Johnson, who was appointed to the Dorchester Seniors board of directors by Councilman Hargett in 2005. According to the group, Johnson has not attended a meeting in two years.
In his presentation, Oglietti cited a video transcript, Journal Scene articles and several letters the organization obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The newest collection of letters from April of this year, which the group received Thursday, were correspondence between Johnson, Councilman Hargett and the Inspector General of South Carolina. The letters formally complained to the inspector general about the “waste, abuse, mismanagement, illegal conduct and possible fraud” of Dorchester Seniors.
The reply said “this office will take no action on this issue” and instructed the men that their complaints were unfounded.
At the conclusion of his presentation, the group again asked for a meeting with the council.
“DSI is willing to work with the council to resolve any issues, but we can’t do that if we don’t even know what the issues are,” Oglietti said.
In response to this aggressive cry to be heard, Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn said, “All I can say for now is that I apologize on behalf of previous councils for not meeting this request before. We can do that and we will make sure that happens.”
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