COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three others named in a State Grand Jury indictment connected to suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts made their first appearances in court on Thursday.
Restaurateur Gregorio Leon, former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier, and former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio were arraigned at the Richland County Courthouse.
A judge also assigned bond to each of the men.
Amodio's bond was set at $50,000. He stands accused of accepting payment in return for seized gaming machines while he was police chief.
Back in May 2013, state and federal investigators raided South Congaree Town Hall in search of records. Sources told us back then the raid had something to do with an ongoing investigation into the seedy underbelly of illegal video poker machines that had reappeared in South Carolina.
Days later, Amodio resigned from his position.
Leon's bond was set at $50,000 as well and the judge wanted him to turn over his passport.
Federal indictments accuse Leon of paying bribes to Metts in return for the sheriff not inputting certain undocumented immigrants that worked for the Leon's businesses if they were arrested in the county.
And as for Frazier, accused by the feds of serving as the middle man between Metts and Leon, his bond was also set at $50,000.
Frazier resigned from Lexington City Council in January, saying moving to a new home outside the town limits precluded him from serving the seat.
Citizens and fellow council members pressed for Frazier's ouster during a town council meeting just days after we aired an investigation on Frazier's ties to the video poker business in Lexington County.
But Frazier resisted and continued on.