FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - January 8, 2008
SENTENCING OF ROBESON COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that JOEY BRIAN SMITH, 36, of Lumberton, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 6 months’ imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $2,000.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. On August 31, 2006, SMITH pleaded guilty to a one-count Criminal Information charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The Court found that SMITH was responsible for stealing $4,000.00 in Federal Equitable Sharing funds which had been earmarked for combating drug trafficking in Robeson County. The Court also found that SMITH had abused his position of trust. Having made those findings, and after giving SMITH credit for assisting law enforcement in its investigation of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the Court handed down the sentence.
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 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, 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.
News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.