September 18, 2014

Three men in Lexington County corruption case appear in court

Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier

Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier

Three men who were indicted with suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts in a bribery case are now out on $50,000 bond.

The ruling by Circuit Judge Robert Hood comes two days after Metts pleaded “not guilty” in federal court Tuesday. Metts was indicted on federal bribery charges, while former South Congaree police chief Jason Amodio, former Lexington Town councilman  Danny Frazier, and Midlands businessman Greg Leon face state charges.

The state Attorney General’s Office claims Leon paid Metts on at least four occasions to prevent deputies from turning illegal immigrants who worked at Leon’s San Jose restaurant chain over to federal immigration officers. Indictments state Frazier acted as an intermediary for those payments.

Prosecutors also say Frazier paid Amodio for several illegal gambling machines that South Congaree police officers seized while he was chief.

Leon, who has family in Mexico, was required to turn over his passport. His attorney told Judge Hood that his client “is fully cooperating and will fully cooperate with authorities regarding Metts,” according to the news website ColaDaily.