Former Person DA's conviction in wife-hiring scheme partly overturned on appeal
The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday threw out the conviction on two charges of former Person County District Attorney Wallace Bradsher for hiring a colleague's wife for a no-show job.Posted — Updated
The appeals court vacated the convictions on the obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice charges, sending the case back to the trial court for any necessary proceedings. Bradsher's convictions on the other charges still stand.
Craig Blitzer, who formerly served as Rockingham County district attorney, testified during the trial that he and Bradsher agreed in 2015 to hire each other's wives to get around state ethics rules.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals agreed unanimously that Bradsher didn't "work in concert" with Cindy Blitzer to enter falsified hours in the state payroll system, so he wasn't guilty of fraud. Likewise, his statements to a State Bureau of Investigation agent reviewing her timesheets didn't impede the investigation, the court ruled, so Bradsher wasn't guilty of obstruction.
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