Wake Jailer Arrested On Fraud Charges
Posted March 4, 2003 3:41 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Wake County jailer is on the other side of the law after being charged with two felonies.
Theodore Frederick, an 11-year veteran at the county jail, is charged with obtaining property under false pretenses and financial identity fraud.
Investigators say Frederick tried to rent property at 3208 Harmony Court in Raleigh to co-worker Dewayne Worrell for $780.
Investigators say Frederick took the money and the alleged victim discovered that Frederick did not own the property.
Authorities say Frederick told them the incident is a misunderstanding -- a simple dispute between co-workers. Frederick said he tried to buy the property and when it fell through he tried to return Worrell's money, but Worrell would not take it.
"It is very unusual. It is not something that happens every day. It is something that we don't like to do, but when the statutes of North Carolina are violated, we will act appropriately," said Jerry Winstead, of the Wake County Sheriff's Office. "If it involves arresting a colleague, then that is something that by statute, we have to do."
Frederick resigned from his job Monday. Authorities are investigating if other jail workers were involved. Frederick will appear in court March 25.