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South Carolina sheriff denies bribe, fraud charges

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:38 PM
Last updated 6:46 PM
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COLUMBIA— South Carolina’s longest-serving sheriff has pleaded not guilty to bribery and fraud charges.

Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts leaves the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia, S.C. after pleading not guilty to federal misconduct charges and being released on a $100,000 bond. South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is accused of lining his pockets by doing favors for friends.   TIM DOMINICK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
TIM DOMINICK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Suspended Lexington County Sheriff James Metts leaves the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia, S.C. after pleading not guilty to federal misconduct charges and being released on a $100,000 bond. South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff is accused of lining his pockets by doing favors for friends.


Lexington County Sheriff James Metts entered that plea Tuesday in federal court in Columbia.

Metts was also allowed to post bond. He left court without speaking to reporters, and his next court appearance has not been scheduled.

Prosecutors say the longtime sheriff allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained.

A federal judge has ordered the sworn statements that led to Metts’ indictment be sealed. Court documents show agents have removed materials including computers, appointment books and written notes from the sheriff’s office.

Gov. Nikki Haley has suspended Metts from office, and Lewis McCarty is serving as acting sheriff.

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AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/01/14 - 01:09 pm
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LEO to long

Sometimes people in power have rose colored glasses when it comes to themselves. After so long they seem to think they are entitled and not really breaking the law. Who is it hurting to put a little extra green in the old pocket. Just ask the former CC tax commissioner.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/01/14 - 01:27 pm
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It's a good thing the sworn

It's a good thing the sworn statements are sealed. The good sheriff has the ability to make witnesses disappear.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/01/14 - 06:31 pm
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If guilty, Metts
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sullied his reputation but good not to mention facing the prospect of eating and sleeping with some fellows he had incarcerated.

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