Former South Congaree Police Chief Indicted

South Congaree, SC (WLTX) -- Jason Amodio served as South Congaree's Chief of Police for 12 years before his resignation last May.

His resignation came after town hall offices were raided by agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Of the indictment, some at Town Hall Tuesday said it came as a surprise, while others said it's surprising.

When South Congaree was raided, Amodio and another town employee were put on administrative leave. Amodio resigned a few weeks later.

The indictment alleges Amodio took money from former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier in exchange for confiscated gaming machines. Amodio is now facing a charge of misconduct in office.

South Congaree town council members met Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting. Current town Police Chief Josh Shumpert did not want to speak on camera. Off camera, he said he developed a working relationship with Amodio, but when Amodio resigned, Shumpert said he cut the relationship.

Town Mayor Brian Jackson took office in Aug. Since then, he said it's been his job to move the town forward.

"We've tried to move the town forward, Council and myself," Jackson said. He said that included "just putting the past behind us, upgrading our police department (and) town, making it more visible."

Valerie Leaver, a resident of South Congaree for 35 years said she was not surprised by the indictment.

"I'm not surprised that all of this has come about," Leaver said. "I'm glad it's finally come to an end and people can know now what this is all about, because we've all been wondering.

News19 reached out to Amodio who referred us to an attorney.

We contacted his attorney who also said he had no comment.


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