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No charges expected against ex-Wake employee

Posted August 18, 2008

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— After reviewing credit card records of a former Wake County recycling manager, a prosecutor said Monday that he has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing,

Craig Wittig was fired June 3 from the county's Solid Waste Management Division after an internal review raised questions about travel expenses for 46 trips since he was hired in 2006.

Wittig has said that each trip – to Disney World and Las Vegas and one trip that included whale-watching on the coast of Maine – were to research environmental programs in other parts of the country so that Wake County could develop a state-of-the art recycling program.

County Manager David Cooke turned over Wittig's county credit-card records to the Wake County District Attorney's Office last month.

Cooke said Wittig's work-related expenses from April 2006 to April 2008 totaled $37,350.46. The county considers more than $19,000 of that amount questionable and nearly $10,000 recoverable, he said.

Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said Monday that he's told Cooke that, based on the records he reviewed, a criminal investigation wasn't warranted.

Authorities had said earlier that criminal charges would be hard to pursue because Wittig's former boss approved the trips.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners has ordered an audit of all county departments for the past year and the Environmental Services Department for the past two years to determine if there was any other questionable spending.


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  • teacher-mom Aug 19, 2008

    That was money well spent.

  • wintjam2000 Aug 19, 2008

    This is sickening! I am a temporary county employee because of mess like this. My position has not been approved in the county budget by the county commissioners because they are too busy paying the credit card bills from these frivolous "business" trips. I would like the opportunity to become a permanent Wake County employee one day in the near future, but I do not feel it will happen unless we as taxpayers put an end to all this madness. Maybe with him out the picture, things will look better for me next year.

  • lilreno is in the wind Aug 19, 2008

    Since there was no wrong doing, now he can sue for his job back and punitive damages. So now the county losses even more money. IMAGINE THAT!

  • whatusay Aug 18, 2008

    This guy was gone one half of every year...Even if he found something that might have been beneficial to Wake County he did not have the time to implement it. By the time his dry cleaning was done he was off on another family vacation. But, he still has a future running for the legislature, or senate.

  • we-r-just-human Aug 18, 2008

    Hey Boss.. I've been home for almost a week now isn't time for another trip?

    WHAT A JOKE !!!!

  • input Aug 18, 2008

    Apparently, Wittig and his former boss, both need to be prosecuted.

  • bs101fly Aug 18, 2008

    that's the Wake County way! He'll probably get a job with the school board next!

  • MadBiker Aug 18, 2008

    Go after the supervisor! Approving 46 trips in 2 years???? That's outrageous! Two-three trips per year OK, but 23???

  • Foodie Mom Aug 18, 2008

    Well, isn't this what Easley just did? And he didn't even need anyone to approve it!

  • turdferguson Aug 18, 2008

    What a crock.