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Two former building inspectors sentenced for accepting bribes

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Harold Cosby (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office) Harold Cosby (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office)
Larry Fields (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office) Larry Fields (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office)
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Two former Beaufort County building codes enforcement employees were sentenced to prison on Thursday for accepting bribes in 2012. 

Larry Fields, 63, of St. Helena Island, and Harold Cosby, 67, of Shell Point, each pleaded guilty to one count of bribery. The Solicitor's Office recommended a sentence of two years in prison and the defendants' attorneys requested probation. Howeveer, the sentencing was left up to the judge, who sentenced both men to one year in prison. 

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received information that both men were accepting bribes in exchange for preferential treatment and began to investigate. A building contractor informant agreed to give Fields $600 in building materials in advance of an electrical inspection in Belfair. 

The same informant then met with Cosby, who was responsible for issuing permits, in the parking lot of the county offices. He gave Cosby $300 in cash and received a certificate of occupancy for a home. 

Both transactions were recorded. 

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