South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn pleads guilty to corruption charge
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. has become the third Republican lawmaker to plead guilty in a Statehouse corruption probe.
Prosecutors said Wednesday they will ask for prison time for the 52-year-old former House Majority leader. He faces up to a year behind bars on a charge of misconduct in office.
Prosecutors dropped charges against his GOP consultant father Richard Quinn Sr., but he must testify before a grand jury.
Prosecutors have said Rick Quinn broke the law by taking $4.5 million in unreported money from lobbyists and using his public office to influence government decisions and by steering $272,000 in Republican House Caucus funds to his family businesses.
The probe has already resulted in guilty pleas from former House Speaker Bobby Harrell and former House Majority Leader Jim Merrill.