A powerful Lexington County legislator has been indicted by the State Grand Jury on two misconduct charges, the third lawmaker caught up in an ongoing investigation of corruption at the Statehouse.
State Rep. Richard Quinn, Jr., R-Lexington, was indicted Tuesday, according to First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe. State Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office has turned over the investigation to Pascoe and the State Law Enforcement Division because Quinn’s political consulting firm previously helped Wilson’s 2010 campaign.
House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn from the chamber shortly after learning about the indictments, citing state law.
The indictments deal with payments Quinn made to the Richard Quinn & Associates (RQA) firm, which was founded by his father, as well as a direct mail business and copying shop where he is also connected financially. The indictment accuses Quinn of ensuring his election campaigns and the House GOP Caucus used those businesses during his time as House Majority Leader from 1999-2004 without disclosing his own financial benefit. [Read more…]