FIRST ON WITN: Former State Trooper Indicted In Beaufort County

A former law enforcement officer has been indicted for getting money for an injury he said he obtained on the job, when authorities say it really happened during a fight with his wife.

Donald Cumbo Jr., age 46, was indicted last week in Beaufort County on a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses. Court documents state Cumbo filed a claim for an injury to his hand back in 1995 when he was a state trooper and received benefits of less than $100,000. The indictment states that at the time of the claim, Cumbo worked for the Highway Patrol in Beaufort County.

The documents report his injury happened at home during an altercation with his wife. The Highway Patrol says Cumbo resigned in March 2005.

The indictment came on January 23. Cumbo was arrested three days later.

After leaving the Highway Patrol, Cumbo worked as a deputy sheriff in Onslow County. Authorities in Onslow County say Cumbo was a school resource officer, working for them from August 2006 until last Thursday, when he resigned.

Cumbo posted a $12,000 dollar bond. His next court date is scheduled for Christmas Day.


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  • by Somika France on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    Don is a wonderful man. I support him 100%.
  • by Frank Daniels on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    If he did this ,think what hes done to the public..bet you cant count the lies !!
  • by why on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    WITN has all this info where the disposition in entered why can they not do a followup on this story so the truth is out there for the public. Let's see where the truth lies.
  • by to cat on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    I know who you are so I can understand with your relationship to him why you say the whole polygraph thing, but you know she's telling the truth, and you also know that he could not pass a polygraph without admitting everything she says he has done :) Her polygrapher was a retired FBI agent with 45 years of LE experience, as well he was the FBI's polygrapher of LE. That means he was so good, they had him polygraph other officers. He is in demand all around the country and was featured on the Discovery Channel. He also busted a bunch of your onslow county officials many years ago and says its the most corrupt county in the state of North Carolina. :)
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      by to you on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:30 AM in reply to to cat
      I'm actually not related to this man, but I do happen to be a student studying Criminal Justice at ECU. Not even from Onslow, I'm from Yadkin County, just had to pick criminal cases for an assignment and this was one to choose. I chose to comment based on what I have learned about our court systems in NC. I merely pointed out that people can lie on polygraphs and not be detected which is why they are not admissible.
  • by to morgan and dezea on Feb 7, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    This is a hard but crucial lesson for you. The abusive man is quite often the man in the community that everyone likes and respects. They are usually very charasmatic and charming, wich is why their wives were attracted to them in the first place. Never not beleive someone is being hurt because their partner seems nice. You never know what someone is like behind closed doors.
  • by Morgan on Feb 7, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    He was my school resource officer. I was friends with him i never would have thought...
  • by Dezea on Feb 6, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    He was my schools resource officer...what a role model
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    I'm pretty sure this is America. You remember, where people are "innocent until proven guilty". Oh wait, I'm wrong apparently; this must be the "judgement without any facts zone"! Yay, good Christian people!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    Looks to me he was very happy to be arrested. He should have been arrested a long time ago. He has been very abusive.
  • by Society will become lawless one day on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    These dishonest cops will be to blame. I think all branches should be investigated regularly and thrown in jail for misusing public trust.
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      by c-had on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to Society will become lawless one day
      You must remember in Nazi Germany the police were the strong arm for Hitler.We are headed in the same direction.These poor littles fellas dont think for themselves, they just follow orders.That will be their excuse before G-d.I did what I was ordered and it will be NO excuse.
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