Report: Haley Could Be Indicted Any Day

First-term S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley denies involvement with audit of Sikh temple's financial records

In recent days the Palmetto Public Record has been reporting that S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and the Sikh Society of South Carolina are under federal investigation.

The story includes what appears to be a copy of letter sent to the Sikh Society from the IRS informing the religious organization that its tax status is being examined. And today the website reports that an indictment of Haley is imminent, and likely to center around the time Haley spent managing the Society's finances.

Haley, according to an article posted Thursday evening by The State, denied having any connection to a 2011 tax audit of the Sikh temple in Chapin where her parents are leaders. She told the paper,

“I have never kept their books. I’ve never made deposits. I never signed checks. I never did financial statements,” Haley said.

"(The) IRS is not permitted to discuss a particular or specific taxpayer's tax matter or their taxes based on federal disclosure regulations and federal law," said IRS spokesman Mark Hanson.

Multiple GOP sources across the state declined to discuss the matter on the record, but one state representative said talk of a possible indictment had the house floor buzzing on Thursday.

Others were discounting the story.

Taft Matney, a Mauldin-based political consultant who has known Haley since before she was elected, said: "I'd be surprised if there is anything major there."

Conservative political news blog Fitsnews.com sees the letter uncovered by Palmetto Public Record as vindication of its own reporting on investigations involving the Sikh Temple and the Governor since 2010.

Recently, alleging Haley committed ethics violations while a member of the State House. Manning ruled that his court was not the proper venue to decide a case involving alleged ethics violations that occurred while Haley served in the House of Representatives.

Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey was not immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon.

South Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Matt Moore declined to discuss the reports.

"At this time we have no comment on internet speculation," Moore said.

Fisher March 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Gretchen, She is distrusted for her lack of transparency. That's it. Plain and simple. She constantly slams the door when the people (her employers) try to find out more about her dealings, so of course, there is distrust of what she's doing. And when we do get a glimpse into her e-mail, it usually isn't pretty. That's why stories such as this, while thinly sourced, get traction and are believable. It's not an ethnic thing (I doubt most people would even recognize her as a minority), and it's not a gender thing. It's that little thing called honesty.
Richard Hayes March 30, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Or maybe it is her total lack of leadership.... She has no support from the REPUBLICANS even -- the vote on her Savannah River action was 103-1!!! She continually gets votes of "NO CONFIDENCE" from the State Legislators - majority Republicans!
Neal Norvell March 30, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I still want to see from her a follow up report to her trip with entourage to Europe shortly after she was elected. Remember she took quite a few people from the state, included spouses, stayed and dined in five star locations all under the premise of bringing new business to South Carolina. I would like to see who they met with, what the objective of each meeting was and what has or has not resulted of this trip. I'm willing to bet absolutely nothing was accomplished and the real purpose of this trip was celebratory one for winning the Governorship.
Gretchen April 02, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Well, Fisher, that's the same thing we are getting from the WHITE HOUSE, so you should be used to it.
YISJTINSC April 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM


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