Three Former Deputies Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

There are more federal charges brought against former lawmen in Carteret County, two who ran for sheriff in 2006.

A federal grand jury has indicted three former deputies on charges they embezzled funds that were supposed to go for drug investigations.

Frank Galizia, Boyce Floyd, Jr. and Mark Farlow were indicted Friday on charges of conspiring to embezzle and intentionally misapply drug funds along with aiding and abetting the embezzlement of those funds.

To read the indictment, click the link at the top of the story.

Galizia was chief deputy and unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 2006. Floyd was a drug and property crimes detective, who also ran for sheriff, and Farlow worked as a drug detective.

The feds say during 2005 and 2006 the trio requested almost $100,000 in drug fund checks which were then turned into cash. The indictment says before the drug detectives used the cash for drug-related matters, Galizio would first take the money to Sheriff Ralph Thomas who would take a "substantial portion of the money, often 25-50%." Thomas and former Deputy Chris Cozart were indicted in March on similar charges.

The indictment says Farlow and Cozart believed Thomas was taking a cut out of every check, when in fact the sheriff was only taking a portion of checks cashed by Galizio. The indictment says Galizio was pocketing the cut from checks that they cashed.

The feds say when Floyd was a drug detective back in the 1990's he helped the sheriff embezzle money and also stole drug money himself. Farlow is accused of borrowing drug money to pay for gas, groceries, and other items.

The indictment says even a portion of Sheriff Thomas' retirement money was paid for by drug funds.

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