A South Carolina parole officer has been charged with accepting a bribe.
State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents say they arrested a Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services’ (PPP) agent Thursday on the charge Thursday. Investigators say 49-year-old Vincent Howard of Summerville contacted one of his PPP clients on October 23 and offered to release the client from his agency’s supervision if that client would pay him a certain amount of money. SLED officials did not name the client or specify the amount of money.
Investigators say that the client delivered the money on Thursday. But, unknown to Howard, the entire deal was being watched by SLED agents. They arrested Howard shortly after they said he accepted the money. He was booked at the Berkeley County Detention Center.
A SLED affidavit states that Howard took the money for his personal use and not as any part of a fine, fine, or restitution.
Howard faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.