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Retired FBI agent gets five months for falsifying report

Last updated: 8:43 PM, 04/07/2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)-Retired FBI agent Clyde William Merryman, a former Tennessean, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison and five months home detention for falsifying an investigation report, authorities said. Merryman, who pleaded guilty last year, was also fined $5,000 and given three years probation by U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson. Merryman had been an FBI agent for more than 30 years, much of it in East Tennessee, before retiring four years ago.

Merryman was originally indicted on a charge he had an improper relationship with a woman he was investigating in 2002.

He had had been investigating Myrtle Beach spas suspected of hiring Korean women, who were in the country illegally, to work as prostitutes, according to the indictment.

He was accused of becoming intimate with one of the spa managers, Hye Yung Kang, and downplaying her criminal involvement in the investigation. Merryman pleaded guilty to a charge he "concealed and covered-up his intimate and sexual relationship with Kang," according to court records. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, Merryman worked extensively for the FBI in East Tennessee in the 1980s and 1990s. In Tennessee, he was best-known for his work in the MACH-TENN corruption probe that led to the arrests of scores of people, including nearly a dozen county sheriffs, on drug and gambling charges.

He was serving as town administrator in Surfside Beach, S.C., when he pleaded guilty and resigned from that job.

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