A former Colleton County lieutenant could go to prison after he admitted lying to the FBI.
In a Charleston federal courtroom Tuesday, former sheriff’s deputy 39-year-old Fred Inabinett of Walterboro pleaded guilty to tipping off a friend about a federal drug investigation. Inabinett also pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal investigators.
Prosecutors say FBI agents were investigating dealers in the area in August 2011 when Lt. Inabinett told one dealer that his crimes were the subject of a grand jury investigation. A wiretap recorded the conversation between Inabinett and the dealer. None of the alleged dealers were identified in court or in documents provided by U.S. Attorneys.
Inabinett was charged after he denied the conversation when agents questioned him in April. He was later fired from the Sheriff’s Office shortly after the charges were filed. He now faces five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.