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Former DAs indicted in wife-hiring scheme

Posted June 27
Updated June 30

— A Wake County grand jury has indicted two former district attorneys in connection with a scheme to hire one of the men's wives for a no-show job.

Wallace Bradsher and Craig Blitzer were each indicted Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of failure to discharge the duties of their office. Blitzer surrendered at the Wake County jail on Thursday and was released on a $2,000 bond. Bradsher was expected to surrender on Friday.

The State Bureau of Investigation began investigating a year ago allegations that Bradsher and Blitzer got around a state restriction on hiring a spouse by hiring each other's wives and that the women were paid for little or no work. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman was brought in to determine whether the SBI's findings warranted criminal prosecution.

Bradsher, who resigned last month as district attorney in Person and Caswell counties, hired Cindy Blitzer as a legal assistant in early 2015, while Craig Blitzer, who resigned in March as Rockingham County district attorney, hired Bradsher's wife in a similar position, according to a whistleblower lawsuit filed in February.

The former employee in Bradsher's office who filed the lawsuit said she never saw Cindy Blitzer in the office and that Blitzer was enrolled full time in nursing school at the time.

According to the application for a warrant the SBI obtained to search Cindy Blitzer's work computer, an SBI agent conducting surveillance on Cindy Blitzer saw her taking classes at a local university when she was supposed to be working.

The agent also interviewed two of Craig Blitzer's employees who said that he asked them to take online math courses for his wife and even gave them permission to do the online work during the work day.

The indictment against Bradsher alleges that he continued paying Cindy Blitzer for work she didn't perform from April 1 to Oct. 24, 2016.

The indictment against Craig Blitzer alleges that he "used the resources of the office for which he was elected for personal gain by employing Tyler Henderson ... in exchange for the continued employment of his wife, Cindy Little Blitzer." The indictment states Henderson was paid from Aug. 18, 2015, to Oct. 25, 2016, and Freeman said he handled the timesheets for people in Bradsher's office, including those for Cindy Blitzer.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, evidence would not support a finding that Pam Bradsher failed to do any work," Freeman told WRAL News. "The indictments are based on allegations that the District Attorneys allowed Mrs. Blitzer to continue on Mr Bradsher's payroll despite the fact that no work was being performed."

Editor's note: WRAL News regrets that the initial version of this story suggested Pam Bradsher's actions contributed to the indictment.

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  • Elaine Hayes Jun 28, 6:47 a.m.
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    All four criminals should be charged with fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy to both, and most likely the student-wife-employee should also be punished within the community college system for her fraudulent activity - they are, after all, the poster children for what law-abiding citizens "should" look like. If our judicial system would start making examples of some of these (inside) bottom feeders, it would be much easier to show our younger adults the difference between a "mistake" and an "on purpose"! It would probably be very meaningful for all four to spend a few months bunking alongside the very people they've previously looked down their noses at as the gavel dropped to determine their fate. The corruption of our judicial system is becoming more and more obvious; how much of it is excused away and swept under the carpet without public knowledge? And since when does being an employee (or family member thereof) of the judicial system provide immunity from prosecution?

  • Henry Cooper Jun 27, 8:57 p.m.
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    I'm glad they got caught but why the heck did it take the investigation this long (it started in July 2016)?

    How many meals and hotel rooms did we carry the bill for during this 10+ month investigation? What was the bill for this investigation?

    It would not seem hard to verify the work by the wives. Once they got an interview that stated one of them paid employees to do his wives course work flippin arrest him. That has to be an ethical breech.

    I bet we got it coming and going on this one.

  • Cnc Stone Jun 27, 5:10 p.m.
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    Cause their buddy the judge will find away to let them go or give them probation with community service and then they can manipulate that & start all over some where else !

  • Kelly Thornburg Jun 27, 5:07 p.m.
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    Why are they not filing embezzlement and fraud charges against the wives? Why are all not facing conspiracy to commit fraud charges?

  • Aurelia Harrison Jun 27, 4:15 p.m.
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    So, this is how we get ahead now! So, it's true what they say, "it's not what you know but, who you know"! But, the rest of us have to work extra hard!!!!! Keep the money flowing, shameful!!!

  • Linda Tally Jun 27, 3:05 p.m.
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    Just trying to lower the unemployment rate, huh guys?