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Horry County grand jury indicts former Waccamaw EOC board member

A former Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council board member was indicted by an Horry County grand jury on a charge he pointed a gun at another person, according to court records.

Abdullah Mustafa, 46, of Conway, was indicted on a charge of pointing and presenting a weapon, according to the inictments.

Horry County police arrested Mustafa on Sept. 7 on the charge that stemmed from an incident that occurred three days earlier, according to authorities.

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. Sept. 4, 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.

In an August special election, voters said that they no longer wanted him on the board. The remaining board members accepted the results of that vote, 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.