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Former Orange prosecutor named Person DA

Posted May 24, 2017 1:40 p.m. EDT

— A former Orange County prosecutor was named Wednesday as the new district attorney for Person and Caswell counties.

Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Jacqueline Perez to serve as interim district attorney following last week's resignation of District Attorney Wallace Bradsher.

Bradsher stepped down amid a state investigation into allegations that he and former Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer hired each other's wives for no-show jobs. No charges have been filed in the case.

Perez is an assistant attorney general with the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she prosecutes criminal fraud by Medicaid providers. She previously served as Orange County assistant district attorney, where she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases in Superior Court and District Court, handled juvenile court adjudications and represented the state in mental health and drug courts.

"Ms. Perez will provide the steady leadership this office needs so it can continue its important work prosecuting cases and protecting the people of Caswell and Person counties," Cooper said in a statement.

Perez, who lives in Hurdle Mills in southern Person County, earned a bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.