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Former Waccamaw EOC board member arrested, facing gun charge

Former Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council board member Abdullah Mustafa was arrested this morning by Horry County Police.

Mustafa is being held on a charge of pointing and presenting firearms at person. A bond hearing was scheduled for 3 p.m.

An Horry County Police report says that Mustafa went to the home of a former girlfriend in Little River at about 5:30 a.m. and confronted her and a male friend in her bedroom.

The report says that Mustafa allegedly held a pistol to the woman's forehead "yelling and screaming obscenities at them both."

The noise awakened the woman's daughter who walked into the bedroom and began to cry, the report says.

At that time, according to the report, Mustafa fled from the apartment.

The woman told police that Mustafa later telephoned her to say that she would have to rely on her male friend if she wanted to go anywhere during the day. She looked into the parking lot, she said, and saw that her car was gone.

The report said the woman told police that Mustafa had keys to her apartment and car because "he helps her out from time to time."

The report said that police later contacted Mustafa by telephone and he denied he had a gun. He admitted he spoke to the woman, but said there was no altercation.

Mustafa also told police that he did not have the woman's car, the report said.

The woman did not want to press charges, the report said, but her male friend did.

Mustafa was at the center of the controversy over improper board actions at the Conway-based Waccamaw EOC. The agency distributes federal funds for weatherization, rent and mortgage assistance and other things to low-income residents in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

Voters said in a special election two weeks ago that they no longer wanted him on the board. The remaining board members accepted the results of that vote at a meeting in Hemingway last week, which officially removed Mustafa from the board.

Mustafa was found in a March audit of the agency by the state Office of Economic Opportunity to have been improperly elected when he was first voted onto the board last year. The audit also said that Mustafa improperly interfered in the agency's day-to-day activities.

Mustafa admitted to the latter finding and said he wouldn't stop doing so.

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