FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Criminal Justice Degrees - Columbia Southern University
Let Columbia Southern University help you change your community with an MBA in...

Top News

Former N.C. Chief Charged with Embezzlement

June 24, 2013  | 

The former Cherryville (N.C.) Police chief will plead guilty to embezzlement by funneling city monies into a slush fund he later raided to purchase personal firearms, according to the FBI.

For nearly two years, Woodrow "Woody" Burgess instructed the city's finance director to issue checks to "The Great Outdoors" that he used to purchase the firearms. He embezzled more than $11,000 from nine checks, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Burgess resigned in October.

Burgess faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

From January 2007 through November 2008, Burgess instructed Bonny Alexander, the city's finance director, to issue the checks. Burgess told Alexander the funds had been authorized as a "cash-out" for "compensatory time." Alexander placed entries in the city's accounting records that the expenditures were for a certain amount of "sick time" or "comp time" due to "Woody."

In January, Alexander pleaded guilty to five embezzlement counts for stealing over $435,000 from the city. She faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per count. Burgess will appear in court on Tuesday for a plea hearing.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Envisage Technologies Named to Top Vendor List in Law Enforcement Software Market
Envisage Technologies, creators of the Acadis Readiness Suite and FirstForward, have been...
Video: Texas Agency's "Star Wars" Themed Recruiting Video a Facebook Hit
The video, which features Wookie Chewbaca on patrol and training with Fort Worth officers...
Are Agencies Prepared for a National Power Grid Down?
If the power grid goes down, everything that relies on electricity will become inoperable....
Dallas Chief Demotes Top Brass
It was expected that Hall would have to demote some people, but the names tied to those...
POLICE Magazine and NSSF Sponsor Low-Cost Law Enforcement Training at SHOT Show 2018
The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) at SHOT 2018 lets officers attend...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine