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Two ex-Carteret deputies plead guilty in embezzlement case

Posted July 29, 2010 3:46 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2010 2:20 p.m. EDT

— Two former Carteret County deputies pleaded guilty Thursday in an embezzlement case involving money designated for undercover drug buys.

Frank Galizia, 59, of Morehead City, and Boyce Floyd Jr., 48, of Cedar Point, each pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting embezzlement. They will be sentenced in November, when they each face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Defense attorney Joseph Cheshire, who represents Floyd, said former Carteret County Sheriff Ralph Thomas ordered his deputies to engage in a scheme that allowed him to take money.

Thomas and drug detective Christopher Cozart pleaded guilty in May to participating in the scheme.

Authorities say that at least $5,000 was withdrawn between 1997 and 2006 from official accounts maintained by the sheriff's office.

When drug detectives would complain that they were receiving less than the full amount requested for an undercover operation, Galizia would say “Daddy had to get his cut,” according to federal authorities.