Former Carteret Co. Deputy Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

There's been another guilty plea in the case of former Carteret County deputies accused of skimming county drug money.

Former narcotics detective Mark Farlow pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greenville to count six of the indictment, misprison of a felony. That says Farlow knew about the embezzlement of the drug money but did nothing to stop it.

Farlow, along with former chief deputy Frank Galizia and Boyce Floyd, Jr. were all supposed to be arraigned in Federal Court today on their April indictment. Galizia and Floyd's appearance have been delayed until next month, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Farlow was a deputy sheriff from 2002 to 2007.

Last month, former Carteret County Sheriff Ralph Thomas and former deputy Chris Cozart pleaded guilty in federal court for their part of the scheme.

The feds say from 1997 to 2006, Thomas stole funds that were designated for covert drug investigations. They say after drug funds were cashed, the sheriff would take a portion of the funds, often as much as 50%, for his own use.

Sentencing for Farlow is set for September 7th. The maximum penalty he faces is up to three years imprisonment, followed by up to one year supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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  • by susan on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    It's a shame the editors of these pages delete the real truth about Frank Galizia and Ralph Thomas. Everyone knows there's a WHOLE LOT MORE that they did that hasn't been put in the papers.
  • by Just me Location: Washington on Jun 1, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    What they have done is wrong and they should be punished, however Mark Farlow's punishment shouldn't be as severe as the others. having worked in law enforcement i know all too well what happens when you speak up...NOTHING. What he did is no worse than when the Washington Police Officer, Steve Hilsinger pleaded guilty to robbing hispanics on traffic stops in 2006 and he only served 18 months for his crime.
  • by 2centsworth Location: greenville on Jun 1, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    you do the crime, you do the time. They no better than the rest of those, maybe worst, because of being in law enforcement. Throw the book at him.
  • by Me on Jun 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    GET 'EM! They are crooked and they MUST pay the price.

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