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Greg Leon, businessman wrapped up in Metts case, pleads guilty to immigration charge

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

One of the three men connected to the immigration case that ensnared and helped to end the 49-year law enforcement career of a Midlands sheriff has pleaded guilty for his part in the investigation. 

Lexington County business owner Greg Leon pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern and practice of hiring illegal aliens. 

According to the federal government, Leon hired approximately 60 employees who were in the country illegally.

Leon, federal investigators said, also paid former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts to keep any of those undocumented immigrants off the books in case they had been arrested. 

Leon already pleaded guilty paying a public official for assistance. 

Federal prosecutors are recommending Leon receive one year probation and a $180,000 fine since Leon has "cooperated extensively and provided substantial assistance" to the Metts investigation.

Leon, along with the two other men wrapped up in this case, Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier and former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio, received no jail time.

Metts, meanwhile, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison.

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