A minor party candidate for governor in South Carolina has a criminal record that includes arrests for fraudulent checks, assault and battery and nearly a dozen driving offenses, state police records show.
Morgan Bruce Reeves, 51, was arrested in 1993 and charged with passing two fraudulent checks, according to records provided Tuesday by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Court records show Reeves was convicted during a bench trial on those charges, which were for checks less than $500. Another fraudulent check charge in July 1994 was dismissed.
Reeves was arrested again in May 1998, charged with assault and battery. Court records show the arrest occurred at the Midlands Technical College campus in Columbia, but other details were not immediately available.
The day after that arrest, Reeves was pulled over and charged with four traffic-related offenses, including driving with a suspended license, failing to register his vehicle and driving without insurance.
Reeves paid $500 in fines to settle those charges, court records show, but his bond was revoked on the assault charge, which was eventually dismissed.
Later that year, Reeves was arrested again and charged with writing another fraudulent check. The amount of the check was not immediately clear, but court records show a judge ordered Reeves to make restitution.
The arrest record was first reported by the Post and Courier of Charleston. Reeves, who did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press, told the paper he's not ashamed of his past.
Reeves, who owns a company that clears and grades lots for construction, will be listed twice on the ballot for the November election, as a candidate for both the Green Party and the United Citizens Party.
Reeves' name could be listed a third time if he makes Thursday's deadline for petition candidates.
In December, Reeves launched a drive to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to file as a petition candidate. But as of Tuesday the State Election Commission had not received that filing, spokesman Chris Whitmire said.
The Green Party has already certified its list of candidates with the Commission, Whitmire said. The United Citizens Party has until Aug. 16 to do so.
When he began campaigning last year, Reeves said he thought people in the state are tired of lifelong politicians, listing his only political experience as a second-place finish in a school board race. On his website, the candidate lists among his campaign priorities revamping the state's public education system through implementing a year-round school calendar and upping investment in the state's technical school system.
Reeves also advocates a statewide wireless Internet system and a high-speed rail system between the state's major cities and along the coast, along with hydrogen refueling stations.
A football standout at Irmo High School, Reeves played for Michigan State from 1977 to 1981 and had a brief stint in the NFL playing for the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts. He faces Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Republican Nikki Haley in the general election.
Another candidate for statewide office in South Carolina has an arrest record.
U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene, whose victory over a former state lawmaker in the June 8 Democratic primary shocked the party's establishment, was arrested in November for allegedly showing a pornographic website to a student at the University of South Carolina.
Greene has not been indicted. Neither he nor his attorney have commented on the charge.