Alex Underwood spent thousands on first class travel which he said he needed because he is a 'very large man'
South Carolian sheriffs have been flying first class, bullying their staff and lining their pockets with taxpayers' money for decades, according to a scathing new report.
According to an investigation by the The Post and Courier, the sheriffs have been taking advantage of not being bound by the same restrictions which state and federal employees come under when it comes to luxurious travel and eating out.
Some have been indicted for their misconduct but others, including Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood, insist their actions are above board.
Underwood has charged thousands of dollars of first class travel to the job.
Underwood and his deputy took their wives to a conference in Reno in 2017.
They flew first class and Underwood upgraded their room for $600.
He also hired a chauffeur for $350 to take them to and from the airport.
He claims that he and Sprouse paid for their wives flights themselves and that he upgraded his room because he needed a big enough bed for his feet not to hang off the end of it.
His first class travel, he said, was because is a 'very large man with prior knee surgeries and on-going medical issues.
'First class was the best option,' he wrote in an email to the newspaper.
Underwood upgraded his room during a conference in Reno at the Atlantis hotel (shown) for an additional $600. He said it was because he needed a bed big enough for his feet not to dangle off the edge
Sheriff Al Cannon opted for a $3,000 leather office chair that was twice as expensive as the same model in other materials because he said he had a bad back