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Former Franklin sheriff admits to taking drug unit money

Posted August 4, 2011

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— Former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green told state investigators that he took as much as $90,000 from a fund used by undercover deputies for drug cases, according to recently released search warrant.

Green, who hasn't been charged with any crime, resigned in January, one day before the State Bureau of Investigation confirmed it was investigating money missing from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

The SBI asked for a warrant to search records of credit-rating agency Equifax to examine all bank accounts used by Green and his wife, Jennifer Lynn Best Green.

According to the warrant application, Green received $232,000 for the sheriff's office drug unit between October 2007 and December 2010, but only $28,900 went to the unit for undercover drug buys.

SBI agents interviewed Green in June about the money that is unaccounted for, and he admitted to taking some of it while in a state of depression following the November 2008 death of his first wife, Tracy.

"I took money. I'm not going to lie to y'all," the warrant application quotes Green as saying. "I've been depressed. I wanted to stay home. I took money to buy things for the kids."

The documents don't elaborate on whether "the kids" are Green's children or other children.

Previously released documents show that Green received thousands of dollars in donations to the annual Shop with a Cop program for underprivileged children, and much of the money wasn't accounted for. Green reimbursed the sheriff's office for $6,000 of that money in March.

Green couldn't be reached Thursday for comment, but attorney John Williamson said Green is cooperating with the investigation. Williamson said Green continues to suffer from depression.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office cruiser Former Franklin sheriff admits to taking drug unit money

Franklin County in February released nearly 300 pages of emails and financial records dating to 2008 that detail numerous requests by Green for thousands of dollars that he said were to be used for undercover drug investigations.

According to the documents, Finance Director Chuck Murray said the sheriff told him that "he was working on a huge federal drug investigation that involved a county commissioner and two senators."

Green told the SBI that he also used some of the drug unit money to pay his mortgage and other bills.

"It's scary to think that maybe somebody we elected as our official would take our money," Louisburg resident Angela Brousard said.

"It's kind of bad. It's kind of rough. It shouldn't be that way," resident Paul Williamson said.

Even with Green's admission, an SBI agent said in the warrant application, more than $100,000 in unused drug unit money remains unaccounted for, and investigators are trying to track it down.

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  • differentopinions Aug 5, 2011

    To my understanding a Sheriff is an ELECTED OFFICIAL by the citizens of the county and doesn't have to have ANY law enforcement experience.
    You can't judge ALL by SOME rotten apples. I know several law enforcement officers that do things right and would take a bullet for a stranger and are outraged by the ones that tarnish their badge. God bless the ones that do their jobs and protect us... for the ones that don't... you are held to a higher standard than citizens. If you break the law that you are sworn to uphold you should be sent away for LIFE. SHAME ON YOU for making it worse for the ones that defends us everyday.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 5, 2011

    "you can not compare a sworn LEO with a sheriff and or their deputies...different kind of beast. City LEO enforce City Ordaniance and NCGS..deputies run paper routes. I am not knocking them, but it is the truth, plain and simple"

    What county do you live in? Are you even in NC? Who do you think handles the calls outside of the cities in the counties when someone dials 911?

  • COPs eye Aug 5, 2011

    by the way thanks Pat for making our job harder...if you read the posts here you really have helped with the trust issue that we already have with the public. As someone who has been in LE for almost 15 years I can honestly say your are a pathetic waste. I would love to be able to put the cuffs on you, but statute doesnt allow it being u r the county sheriff. I hope you do time...you have just set us back again in the publics eye

  • COPs eye Aug 5, 2011

    >>you can not compare a sworn LEO with a sheriff and or their deputies...different kind of beast. City LEO enforce City Ordaniance and NCGS..deputies run paper routes. I am not knocking them, but it is the truth, plain and simple

    I dont know where you are from, BUT in Johnston, Wilson and Nash counties Deputies do everything city officers do AND serve Civil Papers issued by the court that City Officers dont do.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 5, 2011

    "I still say let the National Guard run things as they are the real LEO's in this country." 1 awesome Dad

    Care to explain the many leo's that are also in the National Guard? Or do you have a bias against them too?

  • TheDude abides... Aug 5, 2011

    please elaborate on the Nat Guard theory. I'm interested.

    Posse commitatus?

  • 1 awesome Dad Aug 5, 2011

    I still say let the National Guard run things as they are the real LEO's in this country.

  • 1 awesome Dad Aug 5, 2011

    This man shouldnt go to prison he needs to get out there and work his issues like the rest of us and return the quarter of a million dollars that is missing. Two jobs one at Walmart and one at Dominos will do just fine.

  • wrestlewar33 Aug 5, 2011

    so really explains how he was able to ride big and his kids have everything wow nust be a real proud parent but u know people who think they run the world or shall i say my lil town im from louisburg nc always get caught but he really thought he was big almighty and now look as they say what goes around comes around hope u happy pat cause now some want donate at all for people like you to steal hope u enjoy prison i know i will enjoy seeing you in the,,and the friend you make in there well just call him BIG MONEY..

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 5, 2011

    We;ll see what charges are brought, it's a shame that money didnt help the community and continues to give NC law enforcement a black eye

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