The State Law Enforcement Division arrested a Spartanburg County man after they said he gave the answers to the Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) test without training the applicants who were taking the test.
Richard Wykel of Roebuck was charged with perjury and subornation of perjury after an undercover SLED agent attended Wykel’s class in Gaffney on Jan. 8. SLED said the agent paid the $65 fee, was fingerprinted, filled out the application and then received the answers to the test from Wykel, with the class lasting less than an hour. 15 other students were present in the class, according to the agency.
He was booked at the Cherokee County Detention Center.
Wykel was certified as a SLED-approved CWP instructor in 1996 based upon his certification as a firearms instructor for the state Department of Corrections. He is no longer employed by the Corrections Department.
The agency looked into the class after state Rep. Eddie Tallon (R-Spartanburg) received a complaint from a constituent, according to SLED.