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Town allows administrator to return after FBI raid

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South Congaree Town Hall (Source: Jennifer Emert) South Congaree Town Hall (Source: Jennifer Emert)
South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio

South Congaree town council voted Tuesday night to allow one of two people who were placed on leave after an FBI raid on town hall to return to work.

According to Mayor Jerry McCormick, council voted 3-2 to approve the return of administrator Melisha Shumpert. Voting against the measure were council members Jerry Smith and Lila Gantt.

Council is in discussions with Police Chief Jason Amodio about his potential return, the mayor said.

Shumpert was working from home during the administrative leave because she typically is the only one running day to day operations, according to the McCormick.

Shumpert and Amodio were placed on leave on May 2 after agents with SLED and the FBI paid a visit to town hall to serve a search warrant and search the premises.

McCormick said authorities seized as many as a dozen items, but wasn't at liberty to go into specifics. Sources tell WIS authorities seized town records in the operation.

Sources also said the raid was part of a larger investigation into video gambling in the Midlands.

The investigation has not yet been completed, according to McCormick.

At the same time the search warrant was being served in South Congaree, federal and state officials were also searching the home of L.W. Flynn, owner and operator of Magic Minutes, the sweepstakes machine company that became the center of the video poker debate in the Palmetto State last year.

Flynn's machines were the subject of numerous WIS investigations across South Carolina.

In March, the state legislature passed legislation meant to clear up confusion about sweepstakes machines and their classification under the state's video gambling statutes.

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