Rick Quinn, Ex-S.C. Rep., gets probation

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCIV) — Former South Carolina Representative Rick Quinn has been sentenced to two-years of probation in a corruption probe.

In addition to the probation, the former Lexington Representative was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

Quinn was in court after pleading guilty to misconduct in office, accused of using campaign donations for personal profit.

Prosecutors accused Quinn of taking $4 million in unreported money from lobbyists. Quinn insisted his only crime was failing to report a lobbyist's payments to his father's political consulting firm.

Quinn told reporters he "never used my office for personal gain."

Quinn was the third Republican to plead guilty in the investigation of misconduct in office, this past December.

Rep. Bill Taylor, a Republican state lawmaker from Aiken, tweeted in response to the news that Quinn got off easy, and should've faced jail time.

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