Nowhere is the angst over the federal government's Capital Purchase Program more dramatic than in South Carolina, whose governor has accused the state's largest banking company of trying to con Uncle Sam.

Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican, held a press conference Monday to accuse South Financial Group Inc. of Greenville of planning to use a capital injection from the Treasury Department to cover a retirement package for its former chief executive, Mack I. Whittle Jr.

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