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THURSDAY - February 14, 2008

SEVEN FORMER DEPUTIES WITH ROBESON COUNTY
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that the following former officers of the Robeson Country Sheriffs Office: GARY ODUM, 38, of Lumberton, North Carolina; RICKY LYNN BRITT, 42, of Fairmont, North Carolina; HERMAN MADDEN, 51, of Lumberton, North Carolina; RANDALL PATTERSON, 52, of Lumberton, North Carolina; JAMES CARTER, 50, of Lumberton, North Carolina; ROBERT IVEY, 48, of Lumberton, North Carolina; and HOBERT F. BRITT, 60, of Lumberton, North Carolina, were sentenced in federal court before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.

ODUM, who was convicted of conspiracy to misapply funds of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and satellite piracy was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release following confinement and ordered to pay restitution of $31,660.00; RICKY BRITT, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with service to be divided between a halfway house and home confinement followed by 3 years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,680.00 and complete 150 hours of community service; MADDEN, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received 10 months imprisonment to be served in home confinement followed by 3 years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $37,740.00; PATTERSON, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received a sentence of 8 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release following his incarceration, and ordered to pay restitution of $14,880.00; CARTER, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received a sentence of 6 months imprisonment, 2 years supervised release following his incarceration, and ordered to pay restitution of $2,500.00; IVEY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received 6 months imprisonment with service to be divided between a halfway house and home confinement, 2 years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $4,680.00; and HOBART BRITT, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received a sentence of 6 months imprisonment to be served in home confinement, 2 years supervised release, ordered to pay restitution of $10,200.00, and complete 100 hours of community service.

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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