Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio has been indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of misconduct in office.
According to the indictment against him, Amodio took money from former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier. In return, Frazier would get gaming machines that had been seized by the police department.
Amadio faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
He resigned in May of 2013 about three weeks after the South Congaree town hall was raided by SLED and the FBI. Amodio had served as chief for 12 years.
At the time, the mayor said Amodio he was resigning for personal and family reasons.
The indictment came down as part of a crackdown on what State Attorney General Alan Wilson says is public corruption in Lexington County. The day also saw a federal indictment against longtime Sheriff James Metts and Frazier on claims of bribery involving illegal aliens at the Lexington County jail. Related: Sheriff James Metts Accused of Taking Bribes
"These indictments are the product of close cooperation among the Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, SLED, the FBI and other agencies," Wilson said. "This ongoing federal and state partnership demonstrates our commitment to prosecuting public corruption wherever it is found."