Locals have been left reeling after Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell is charged with 20 counts of alleged theft and six counts of dishonestly dealing with documents.
The Advertiser reports the offenses allegedly occurred before Mr Bell became a Liberal party member - when he was working with an Independent Learning Centre in Mount Gambier.
The 20 counts of theft allegedly occurred between July 2009 and March 2013.
The six counts of allegedly aggravated dishonestly dealing with documents occurred between December 2010 and March 2013.
It will be alleged Mr Bell used documents known to be false, with the intention of claiming a benefit for himself.
Mr Bell will has reportedly said he will fight the charges, and that he is adamant he has done nothing wrong.
He has handed in his resignation for the Parliamentary Liberal Party - which has been accepted.
He will face Mount Gambier Magistrate's Court on Tuesday of next week.