Cherryville The home of Woody Burgess, former chief of police for the Cherryville Police Department, was raided by the FBI on Friday morning.
Woody Burgess resigned his position in late October of last year following allegations of corruption within the department.
The FBI raided Burgess home Friday morning, but as of late Friday afternoon, there have been no charges filed or arrests made in connection with the raid.
Six people, half of whom were Cherryville police officers and one a Gaston County Sheriffs Deputy, were indicted on corruption charges in mid-October of 2012. The indictments alleged the four officers and the two other men helped transport thousands of dollars in stolen goods and cash across Gaston County.
Although Burgess was not named either of the two criminal indictments, the town of Cherryville suspended him with pay, along with Cherryville Police Captain Mike Allred.
Charged in the two federal indictments were Frankie Dellinger, 40, a Cherryville Police Department reserve officer, Wesley Clayton Golden, 39, a reserve deputy sheriff in Gaston County, Mark Ray Hoyle, 39, John Ashley Hendricks, 47, and two Cherryville patrol officers Casey Justin Crawford, 32, and David Paul Mauney, III, 23.
Officials alleged Dellinger, Golden and Hoyle worked with undercover law enforcement agents in August to provide protection for tractor-trailers hauling stolen items like televisions, cars and generators across Gaston County. The men allegedly protected the items worth $158,000 as well as $400,000 in cash from the sale of the stolen goods.
Dellinger, Golden and Hoyle were each charged with conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property, four counts each of transportation of stolen property, one count of conspiracy to extort under color of official right, one count of money laundering conspiracy, four counts of money laundering and aiding and abetting, and three counts of possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Dellinger faces one additional count of extortion under color of official right.
The second indictment alleges Crawford, Mauney, III and Hendricks provided protection for truckloads of stolen items like TVs and chain saws worth more than $300,000, the second indictment claims. Cash in the trucks totaled more than $300,000 as well.
Crawford, Mauney III and Hendricks were each charged with one count of conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property and one count of conspiracy to extort under color of official right. Crawford is also charged with one count of program fraud bribery in connection with his role in the conspiracy.
Both the town clerk and finance director left their jobs in December 2011 after an internal audit showed a misuse of city credit cards, according to The Charlotte Observer. That money was reportedly repaid
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