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WEDNESDAY - September 26, 2007

FORMER ROBESON COUNTY SHERIFF PLEADS GUILTY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced today that Glenn Allen Maynor, 61, of Lumberton, North Carolina plead guilty in federal court before U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. Maynor plead guilty to a two-count Criminal Information which charged him with conspiring to commit an offense against the United States by intentionally misapplying property valued at $5,000 or more that was under the care of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and with perjury before the federal grand jury.

United States Attorney Holding stated, “North Carolinians must have confidence in the integrity of our peace officers. Prosecuting corrupt law enforcement officials is a top priority.”

Maynor was the elected Sheriff of Robeson County, North Carolina from December 1994, until his resignation in 2005. Related prosecutions have revealed that during the course of his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, deputies under his command engaged in illegal acts including kidnaping, racketeering, theft of federal funds, money laundering and distribution of controlled substances.

According to the Criminal Information, from September 2002, to September 2003, Maynor conspired to misapply property under the control of the Sheriff’s Office valued at $5,000. Maynor allowed Sheriff’s Office employees to work for his personal and political

gain. These individuals would record the time they spent working for Maynor’s benefit as if they had been performing their normal duties. As a part of the conspiracy, Maynor allowed deputies to clear trees and other debris from his personal property while on county time and solicited deputies to collect contributions and to work at fundraising events for his political campaigns.

The Criminal Information further stated that on June 7, 2006, while under oath and testifying before a grand jury, Maynor made false statements about material issues regarding the illegal activities in his office. As a part of the grand jury’s investigation, it was material to determine whether Maynor had participated in satellite piracy, and if he was aware of such violations by employee’s of the Sheriff’s Office. In response to questioning on this issue, Maynor indicated he had not participated in satellite piracy. At the time he made that statement, Maynor knew that he had, in fact, participated in a conspiracy to commit satellite piracy.

Based on these facts, Maynor plead guilty to conspiring to commit an offense against the United States by intentionally misapplying property valued at $5,000 or more that was under the care of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, a recipient of federal funds, and with perjury before the federal grand jury.

Pursuant to his plea agreement, Maynor faces a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 2 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment as to count one and 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 2 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment as to count two. As a part of his plea agreement, Maynor agreed to waive his right to indictment by a federal grand jury and to assist investigators. Maynor’s actual sentence will be determined by the Court using the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory. Sentencing will be at a later date.

This case is a part of the Operation Tarnished Badge investigation of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office. To date, Operation Tarnished Badge has resulted in 22 convictions to various federal criminal violations, including, conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the government, conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnaping, conspiracy to commit cocaine distribution, and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Operation Tarnished Badge is an ongoing investigation at this time.

The investigative agencies involved in Operation Tarnished Badge are the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations

Division; the United States Secret Service; and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Frank Bradsher and Wes Camden are handling the case for the United States Attorney's Office.

 

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