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State Fund director fired, allegations of hiring husband for $600K project

Posted On: Feb. 9, 2021 2:03 PM CST

South Carolina

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday signed an executive order removing the State Accident Fund director from her position and ordered an investigation of the fund after it came to light that the director paid her husband’s company $600,000 to procure a new workers compensation claims and billing software program.

Amy Cofield, an attorney who has been executive director of the South Carolina State Accident Fund since January 2019, was removed from her six-year position in the executive order, which took effect immediately.

In a letter also signed Monday, Gov. McMaster asked the state’s inspector general to investigate allegations that Ms. Cofield either directly or indirectly hired her husband, Jimmy Terrapin, as a project manager or third-party consultant.

On Jan. 6, 2021, SAF signed a contract with Lexington, North Carolina-based staffing firm Globalpundits Technology Consultancy Inc. for 4,000 hours of consulting work at a cost of $150 an hour, with Mr. Terrapin listed as the project manager for the job.

Gov. McMaster said in his letter that the arrangement raised “broader questions and concerns” and asked the inspector to report any findings of “fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct or wrongdoing” in connection with SAF to the appropriate state and federal law enforcement agencies.