Former Lexington town Councilman Danny Frazier had indicted by the State Grand Jury, accused of bribing the sheriff.
Frazier is charged under state law with an ethics violation involving seeking to influence a public official. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Reached by phone shortly after the indictments were announced Tuesday, Frazier declined comment.
But his attorney, Jim Griffin of Columbia, said, “Danny Frazier has been cooperating fully with law enforcement officials regarding their investigation and he looks forward to resolving these matters.”
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Frazier, 46, quit Jan. 10 after nine years as a town councilman, saying he was moving from the steadily growing community to a new home along Lake Murray.
As a town leader, he was known for hammering out deals on extending utility service to bring in commercial development that increased town revenue.
He was a close ally of former Mayor Randy Halfacre before the pair split over his involvement with online gambling interests.
But a backlash against that relationship contributed to Halfacre’s surprise re-election defeat in November 2013, some town leaders say.
Frazier survived an ouster attempt in August 2012 amid furor over his involvement in advising Internet sweepstakes parlors seeking to expand online gambling that some state officials said was illegal and is now banned.
Frazier refused demands from Halfacre and the other five Town Council members and some residents to quit, apologizing for “very poor judgment” but nothing more.
Frazier had ambitions for higher office, but lost bids for County Council and state representative amid suggestions he was unpolished. His burly frame and sometimes profane blue-collar style reminded other political leaders of former State Sen. Jake Knotts, a one-time political associate.
Frazier lists his job as a developer, but he became a political consultant when construction dried up a few years ago during the recession.
It was in that role that controversy over his assistance for gambling surfaced in mid-2012.
The fuss led to his loss of jobs as an adviser to West Columbia on annexation and to Lexington County Sheriff James Metts on community concerns.
Frazier is friendly with several community leaders in the South Congaree area who are Knotts’ allies.