Cumberland deputy accused of selling ammo, fired
Posted April 10, 2015
Fayetteville, N.C. — The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office fired a deputy Friday after an internal audit determined he had been selling department ammunition.
Lt. George Richard Newton III, 45, had worked for the department for more than 21 years and had headed up training operations.
"It has been determined that you participated in the theft and sale of Cumberland County Sheriffs Office property, i.e., ammunition, and have participated in the pattern of criminal conduct related to the theft and sale of Cumberland County Sheriffs Office property," Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler wrote in Newton's termination letter.
No details were released about how much ammunition was misappropriated or how long the alleged sales had been going on.
Authorities said the audit's findings will be turned over to the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.