Berkeley County parole agent arrested, accused of accepting bribe
The State Law Enforcement Division arrested a S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services’ agent Thursday accused of accepting a bribe from an offender he was supposed to be supervising.
Vincent O’Neal Howard, 49, of Ballantine Drive in Summerville was assigned to SCPPP’s Moncks Corner office in Berkeley County when he was arrested in a joint undercover operation conducted by the agency and SLED, SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said in a news release.
Authorities say that Howard made a deal with an offender allowing the person to buy an early release from SCPPP supervision.
The offender delivered the money to Howard on Thursday as law enforcement kept watch, an affidavit states.
Howard accepted the money “for his own personal use, and not as a part of any fines, fees, or restitution to be collected by SCPPP,” the affidavit states.
Richardson did not specify how much money was exchanged.
Howard was arrested and held at the Berkeley County jail. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office will prosecute the case, Richardson said.