Document: Frazier remained on sheriff's department staff until recently

Published: Sep. 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier, who was named in an indictment against suspended Sheriff James Metts, remained a member of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department until recently, according to a personnel document obtained by WIS through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The document, which also indicates several others who left the sheriff's department in the days following Metts' indictment, shows Frazier was let go from the department in his role as a "part-time administrative officer" on June 18 -- just one day after the indictment.

That document says Frazier was making between $7,532 and $16,389 in this role, which has come under scrutiny after federal investigators said the ex-town councilman served as a middle man between Metts and Greg Leon, a Columbia-area businessman accused of giving bribes to the sheriff.

Frazier was hired in 2012 to serve as a "business liaison" for Metts, according to a previous WIS investigation.

That investigation, which revealed Frazier's alleged ties to an illegal underground video poker operation in Lexington County, prompted Metts to suspend Frazier without pay while SLED investigated Frazier.

Metts was arraigned on his federal corruption charges on July 1 where bond was set at $100,000. Frazier and Leon, meanwhile, also had their bonds set in Richland County court at $50,000.

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