Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Three men charged in connection with a Lexington County public corruption case have been released on bond.
Danny Frazier, Jason Amodio, and Greg Leon all appeared in circuit court Thursday morning. The judge gave each of them a $50,000 bond.
Leon was also asked to turn over his passport because he has family in Mexico. The judge said he could contact the court to get it back if he needs to visit the country to see relatives.
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.
The indictment says the employees were illegal immigrants, and that Metts used his position to help them avoid detection by federal authorities.
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.
Metts was in federal court Tuesday, where a judge set bond for him at $100,000. He plead not guilty to the charges he's facing, and will next be in court in September. Previous Coverage:Metts Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charge