Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Three people charged in connection with public corruption cases in Lexington County will have their first court appearance next week.
Danny Frazier, Jason Amodio, and Greg Leon are set to have a bond hearing next Thursday. All three were indicted earlier this month.
Frazier, a former Lexington Town Councilman, and Leon, a local restauranteur, are accused of giving bribes to Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. State prosecutors say the men gave the money to Metts in exchange for preferential treatment for Leon's employees who were booked at the Lexington County Jail. Previous Coverage:Metts, Leon, Frazier Indicted
The indictment says the employees were illegal immigrants, and that Metts used his position to help them avoid detection by federal authorities.
Metts was suspended from office after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the case. His first court appearance is set for next Tuesday.
Amodio, the former South Congaree police chief, also is accused of taking money from Frazier. In return, an indictment alleges Frazier would get gaming machines that had been seized by the police department. Previous Coverage:Jason Amodio Indicted
Amodio resigned as chief in May of 2013.