State grand jury mulling indictments in Lexington County poker ring

Danny Frazier
Danny Frazier

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Multiple sources confirmed to WIS that the video poker investigation involving a sitting Lexington town councilman and connected to a former senator and sitting sheriff is in the hands of the statewide grand jury. The body could decide whether the state Attorney General brings charges from the investigation.

State Law Enforcement Division agents opened an investigation into Councilman Danny Frazier's involvement in a clandestine video poker business that operated machines throughout Lexington County and West Columbia. The investigation started after an unidentified witness recorded conversations with Frazier where the councilman spells out how to set up and run the illegal businesses.

In early August, a source provided WIS a copy of the recordings after concerns that SLED was not acting on the case. Months earlier, the source provided SLED agents with hours of audio recordings involving Frazier, but said the agency would not confirm whether they were investigating the case.  

Last August, WIS aired an investigative series on the recordings and into Frazier's involvement in the poker businesses. Our investigation led us to poker businesses Frazier spelled out on the recordings, as well as the people Frazier named in what's become known as the Lexington County video poker ring.

For the most part, Frazier had very little to say after we caught up with him just months after our investigation aired. When asked if he had appeared before the Grand Jury or if he had anything to say to the residents of Lexington County, Frazier offered no comment.

Monday night, Frazier participated in a closed-door meeting with council, then voted on town business even as the subject of a state grand jury investigation.

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