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WEDNESDAY - April 16, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that the following former officers of the Robeson Country Sheriffs Office: RICKY LYNN BRITT, 42, of Fairmont, North Carolina and ROBERT IVEY, 48, of Lumberton, North Carolina were re-sentenced in federal court before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.

RICKY BRITT, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and 3 months home confinement followed by 3 years supervised release. IVEY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received 6 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of probation.Responding to the sentencings, United States Attorney George Holding stated, “When servants of the people are involved with and perform illegal acts, it shakes the trust of the people; hopefully, the outcome of these cases will start to restore the public’s faith.”

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 distribute cocaine 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 United States Department of Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division; the United States Secret Service; and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Frank Bradsher is handling the case for the United States Attorney's Office.


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