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Second former DA charged in wife-hiring scheme

Posted October 26, 2017 11:03 a.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2017 1:46 p.m. EDT

Wallace Bradsher is district attorney for Person and Caswell counties. Craig Blitzer is district attorney for Rockingham County.

— The former district attorney of Caswell and Person counties was indicted Thursday on charges related to a scheme where he hired another prosecutor's wife for a no-show job.

Wallace Bradsher faces charges of felony conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretense, aiding and abetting obstruction of justice and failure to discharge duties.

"I am not guilty of these charges, and I will fight to defend myself in Court," Bradsher wrote in an email to WRAL News.

Craig Blitzer, former Rockingham County district attorney, pleaded guilty in July to failure to discharge the duties of his office, a misdemeanor.

Affidavits filed by Blitzer and his wife detailed the agreement that led to the resignations of the two prosecutors and the criminal charges against them.

Blitzer states that he and Bradsher concocted a scheme at a Wentworth, N.C., pizza parlor in early 2015 to hire each other's wives after officials with the state Administrative Office of the Courts informed them that ethics rules prohibit prosecutors from employing relatives. Blitzer, who had been elected the previous November, said he needed his wife to work to make up for the pay he lost in moving from private practice to the district attorney's office.

At the time, Cindy Blitzer was enrolled full-time in nursing school in High Point, and when she and her husband expressed concerns about her meeting her work obligations in Caswell County, Bradsher told her, "You focus on your studies. I’ll take care of the time sheets," according to the affidavits.

Craig Blitzer also helped his wife's schooling by getting people on her staff to take an online math course for her.

"During the course of Cindy’s nursing program, I asked one of my assistant district attorneys and a non-lawyer staff member to assist in completing coursework for Cindy," Craig Blitzer said in his affidavit. "I was aware that they did this during their regular work hours. In hindsight, I regret asking my colleagues to do this."

The State Bureau of Investigation began looking into the work arrangement of Cindy Blitzer and Pam Bradsher in 2016 after an assistant district attorney in Rockingham County and a staffer in Wallace Bradsher's office tipped off authorities that the women were being paid for work they didn't perform.

Investigators determined that Pam Bradsher did the work she was paid to do but that Cindy Blitzer earned $48,000 from her no-show job.

In entering his guilty plea, Craig Blitzer also repaid the state the $48,000 his wife earned.