3 avoid jail in investigation that brought down sheriff

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – Three men involved in schemes in Lexington County have pleaded guilty to state charges and have been placed on probation.

The men were fined and ordered to perform community service after their pleas in Orangeburg on Thursday.

Prosecutors say restaurant owner Gregorio Leon had employees living in the country without legal permission who were arrested several times. They say Leon paid former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier, who worked with then Sheriff James Metts to keep those employees from being processed by the immigration office.

Metts pleaded guilty and is serving a 10-month sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.

Frazier was also accused of scheming with former South Carolina Police Chief Jason Amodio to sell illegal gambling machines.

Leon, Frazier and Amodio entered the pleas Thursday.

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