South Carolina’s comptroller quits after a $3.5 billion accounting error


South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom holds up a book he wanted to present to his new chief of staff James Holly during his introduction a meeting on Aug. 13, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. Eckstrom is stepping down from his post after a $3.5 billion accounting error.

Republican Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s decision to leave the post he has held for 20 years came after scrutiny of his performance following the blunder in a year-end financial report.

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