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Sharpsburg officer faces fraud charge

Posted February 16, 2009

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— Sharpsburg Police Chief Craig Bissette is defending an officer who faces a fraud charge.

Sgt. Frank Griffin was arrested Thursday on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

Bissette said Sunday in an e-mail to WRAL News that the town supports Griffin and doesn't believe he committed any crime.

The State Bureau of Investigation filed the charges at the request of Nash County District Attorney Howard Boney, Bissette said. The charges stem from how Griffin filled out three time sheets in September 2007, he said.

"Sgt. Griffin fully complied with departmental practice when he completed his time sheet," Bissette wrote in his e-mail. "He committed no fraud – which requires proof of intent – but after a yearlong investigation by the SBI and (district attorney’s) office – during which no communication with the (district attorney’s) office was allowed – they sought a secret indictment for this huge, $200 supposed crime."

Sharpsburg officials and the police department investigated the incident a year ago and determined there was no wrongdoing, Bissette said.

Boney didn't return a phone call seeking comment.


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  • handcuffs06 Feb 16, 2009

    Well there is two press releases to different media organizations and they coflict themselves "Imagine That". The chief needs to stop covering for this man because bottom line if the SBI did'nt have proof they would have never charged him.. As for the Hales man his charges stemmed from the investigation of the Sharpsburg police dept..

  • Caring Feb 16, 2009

    Okay people, remember this when you return to the polls

  • SilverWolf Feb 16, 2009

    I would guess someone in this case is trying to make a name for themselves. Might I suggest that the county d/a might just need to be run out of town. There are enough instances where police need to be investigated. This isn't one of them. If one were to look closely, I'm sure you'd find where the county/city had underpaid this officer at some point in his career. It's more common than some of you may think. I'm all for policing the police...just this time its a needless issue.

  • Jeff_W Feb 16, 2009

    The real question is, how did the District Attorney get a hold of this alleged "timesheet" fraud? City Police do not turn their timesheets into the DA's Office. The only person who could have claimed a fraud and requested the DA to have SBI investigate it is someone from within the town. However, the town and the PD says they have investigated and found no wrong doing. So, which one is it?

  • batts3311 Feb 16, 2009

    Wow! All this over $200. What a waste of taxpayers money on this investigation! But James Johnson will be a free man after today. No justice served in this district!!

  • ladyinblue72 Feb 16, 2009

    So this is why the DA's caseload is so heavy that they have to plead out or dismiss everything...they were working on this case.

  • raggy831 Feb 16, 2009

    time sheet's are a waste of time. I have to do it for my job ever though I don't get paid by the hour. my supervisor always finds something wrong with it and I have to do it over. it is more important that the officer knows how to do his job and that he is doing it.

  • iwondersometimes Feb 16, 2009

    This one doesn't smell quite right! Sounds like a witch hunt not to mention the thousands of tax dollars spent to catch this "high profile criminal". Somebody made somebody in high office mad. I agree with the other comment...let's worry about bigger fish to fry with all the "real" corruption in government. Hope this man's career won't be ruined over this.

  • 1firefighternc Feb 16, 2009

    I know this gentleman and he is a great police officer. He truly loves his job and is good at it. I am NOT a police officer and I find it hard to beleive he would intentionally do something like this and I have known him for 20 years. Now, if the SBI would really be interested in something worthy of investigating look to Mr. Boney in the DAs office. Like how so many charges are dropped or pleaded to a much lesser offense. Or maybe even his alcohol use over the years even while driving including, the car accident years ago or the time he had the broken arm from falling out his back door ( or was in in the back door after driving home).

  • veyor Feb 16, 2009

    The DA must have run out of work.