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7 Robeson Ex-Deputies Sentenced for Stealing TV Signals

Seven former deputies in the Robeson County Sheriff's Office have been sentenced for satellite piracy in the ongoing Operation Tarnished Badge investigation.

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ROBESON — Seven former deputies in the Robeson County Sheriff's Office have been sentenced on various charges related to satellite piracy – or stealing television signals – as a part of Operation Tarnished Badge, an ongoing federal investigation.
Gary Odum, 38, of Lumberton, got the longest jail term. He was convicted of conspiracy to misapply sheriff’s office funds and satellite piracy was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and three years supervised release after that and ordered pay back $31,660.

Ricky Britt, 42, of Fairmont, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy and sentenced to six months divided between a halfway house and home confinement, then three years' supervised release. he was ordered to pay back $4,680 and complete 150 hours of community service.

Herman Madden, 51, of Lumberton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy and received 10 months' home confinement and three years supervised release. He must pay back $37,740.

Randall Patterson, 52, of Lumberton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy. He drew eight months' in jail and three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $14,880.

James Carter, 50, of Lumberton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy, received a sentence of six months imprisonment and two years supervised release, and was told he must pay back $2,500.

Robert Ivey, 48, of Lumberton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy. He received a six-month sentence divided between a halfway house and home confinement, two years supervised release and an order to pay restitution of $4,680.

Hobart Britt, 60, of Lumberton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit satellite piracy. His sentence was six months in home confinement, two years supervised release, restitution of $10,200 and 100 hours of community service.

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