Crime

July 18, 2014

Frazier finally off Lexington County sheriff’s payroll

Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier said Friday his removal from the payroll of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department makes official what has been done for two years.

Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier said Friday his removal from the payroll of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department makes official what has been done for two years.

Frazier said he hasn't been paid since his suspension from a role as a part-time consultant in August 2012.

"I haven't received anything since that," he said.

Frazier’s role with the department ended June 18, a day after new Sheriff Lewis McCarty took charge, sheriff’s spokesman John Allard said.

The State newspaper first disclosed Frazier’s hiring for a job paying nearly $15,000 a year in May 2012.

Frazier’s suspension put him in limbo as officials awaited the outcome of a SLED investigation into his alleged ties to online gambling interests.

Then-Sheriff James Metts put Frazier on indefinite suspension until the outcome of that inquiry became known.

Metts and Frazier both were indicted June 17. Metts then was suspended from office.

McCarty won’t discuss the termination of Frazier other than confirming it came after Metts “took no further action” following the initial suspension, Allard said.

A federal indictment accuses Metts of accepting bribes from restaurant owner Greg Leon in exchange for releasing illegal immigrants from the county jail so they could return to work for Leon.

Frazier was indicted by a State Grand Jury, accused of delivering some of the payments to Metts as well as paying former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio for what prosecutors say are video poker gambling machines seized by town police.

Frazier is cooperating with authorities in the corruption investigation, his lawyer Jim Griffin has said.

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