Men Indicted In Alleged Bribing Ring Out on Bond

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A $50,000 bond was handed down Thursday to three men indicted by the State Grand Jury for their alleged role in a bribery scandal.

Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier, former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio, and Midlands restaurant owner Greg Leon were all indicted in June.

Court documents paint a scheme that started with Leon and suggests he would give money to Frazier who would pass the cash along to suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.

Metts was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury last month for taking bribes, and was released on $100,000 bond by a federal judge Tuesday.

Metts' role, court records say, was to prevent federal authorities from knowing about illegal immigrants in the Lexington County Jail who worked for Leon.

"He has substantial ties to the community here, family, children, several restaurants here," said Leon's attorney Richard Harpootlian. "He's fully cooperating, and has fully cooperated with both the state and federal authorities as to Sheriff Metts."

Harpootlian argued his client be able to keep his passport, in order to visit family members who live in Mexico and are sick.

Judge Robert Hood denied the request.

"When and if he needs to travel out of the country to Mexico to see a family member that is ill, the first line issue is going to be to see if Mr. Harpootlian and the Attorney General can work out some kind of consent to travel," Hood said from the bench Thursday.

Court records say Frazier also allegedly bribed former police chief in South Congaree Jason Amodio. Records say that bribe dealt with illegal gambling machines, but do not connect Amodio to the alleged deal between Frazier and Metts.


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