GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WITN/WAVY) — Sheriff Randy Hathaway and three deputies have been indicted for allegedly collecting two paychecks at the same time.
Hathaway, the interim sheriff who was appointed in Sept. 2016, also faces a charge of obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening a man to prevent him from speaking with investigators. It’s unclear if the two charges are connected.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says the four employees got paid $100 from the Gates County Public Schools on several occasions to do security work while they were also getting paid for their deputy duties. The employees received a combined $700 from the district, according to court paperwork.
“It’s very sad for the county and for the individuals,” said Linda Hofler, a county commissioner. “In a small county you know everybody, so these are our friends as well as our colleagues.”
Sheriff Hathaway is charged with obtaining property by false pretense and failure to discharge duties.
Three deputies, Captain Glenda Parker, Deputy Levar Newsome and Deputy Tobe Ruffin are also charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
District Attorney Andrew Womble petitioned the judge for the charges based on the SBI’s investigation, which showed the alleged double dipping happened between September and November 2017.
Hathaway was released on unsecured bond on Monday after his first court appearance and he’s been temporarily removed as sheriff. Robert Jordan was appointed interim sheriff by the judge.
“You’re always shocked when your friends have allegations made against them,” said Hofler, “I was disappointed, but we’ll just have to see how it plays out.”
Last month, the SBI announced that Sgt. Brandon Hawks was charged with two counts of embezzlement of property by public officer and one count of larceny of a firearm.
Hawks, who was fired the next day, allegedly stole three grams of a white powder and a Glock 26 handgun that belonged to the state.
On Monday, more than a month after his arrest, the SBI arrested Hawks’ father, Scott Hawks, for possessing two stolen guns.
The Gates County Commissioners have scheduled an emergency meeting for Jan. 23 at 5:30 at the Gates County Courthouse to discuss the recent indictments and steps forward.