Former deputy sheriff gets 6 months in Robeson corruption case
Posted September 10, 2008 2:21 p.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2008 11:06 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Waldo Stallings, a former deputy sheriff, was sentenced Wednesday for a minor role in a wide-ranging corruption case in the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.
Stallings pleaded guilty in May to making false statements to a federal agent. He was sentenced to six months in prison and two years of supervised probation.
According to the indictment in the case known as Operation Tarnished Badge, Stallings illegally reprogramed satellite-television receiver cards and provided them to deputies, allowing them to receive unlimited DirecTV programming free of charge.
"Although satellite TV piracy may seem a minor or insignificant violation of the law ... it served as a springboard, or gateway, into much egregious violations of law," said David L. Robey, a Secret Service agent based in Wilmington.
The swapping of the card within the sheriff's department "promoted an atmosphere wherein criminal behavior was tolerated and created a code of silence within the department which discouraged sworn personnel from coming forward about other crimes for fear that they, too, would be exposed," Robey continued.
More than 20 Robeson officers – including former sheriff Glenn Maynor – have also been charged for offenses ranging from kidnapping to arson.
Maynor, 61, who was sheriff from 1994 until 2004, pleaded guilty last September to lying to a grand jury and misusing federal funds. He was sentenced in July to six years in federal prison.