New Information: Police Sergeant Charged With Felony

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into two separate criminal cases involving one Eastern Carolina Police Department.

Sharpsburg Police Sergeant Frank Griffin was indicted by a grand jury for obtaining property by false pretenses which is a felony. The second case involved a civilian. Investigators say Daniel Hales was riding along with a police officer, conducting searches, and handcuffing people, dressed like an officer and carrying a weapon, even though he's a convicted felon. Town administrators say they're looking for the truth.

The District Attorney's Office asked the SBI to investigate these cases, although, they did not tell us why or how long they've been investigating the police department.

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WITN first reported Friday a Sharpsburg police sergeant had been arrested and charged with a felony.

We have now received a news release about the case. It follows:

Sharpsburg Police Department News Release

Sgt. FR Griffin, employed by the Sharpsburg Police Department, was arrested and charged on 02/12/09 with one count of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. This charge was brought forward by a joint effort of the SBI and District Attorney’s Office after a year long investigation.
The charges allege that Sgt. Griffin frauduently obtained $202.50 in gross wages (before taxes) on September 6th, 7th, and 8th of 2007.

The Town is concerned about this matter and has already completed an investigation into this issue during March of 2008. This investigation shows clearly that Sgt. Griffin possessed no intent to defraud and violated no policies or directives of the Town with regards to this matter.

The Police Chief has several issues regarding this charge:

-Sgt. Griffin completed the time sheet in question fully according to departmental procedure at the time. This time sheet was completed in a generic fashion due to Sgt. Griffin’s supervisory status and irregular work hours. This practice had been in place since his promotion on August 3, 2006. Sgt. Griffin’s time sheet did reflect the total number of hours worked, but not the actual time. The Police Chief set this practice into place and was fully aware of Sgt. Griffin’s work schedule at all times. Today, time sheets do reflect actual time worked for every officer.
-The Off-duty assignment which Sgt. Griffin was working at while allegedly defrauding the Town of Sharpsburg was arranged by the Chief of Police along with the scheduling of same. The Chief of Police was fully aware that Sgt. Griffin was working in an off-duty capacity during those hours.
-The criminal elements of Obtaining Property by False Pretense include that to be guilty, a person must:
Make a representation of a past or existing fact or a future event and That is false and
Is calculated and intended to deceive and
Does in fact deceive another person, and
The person thereby obtains, or attempts to obtain, money, property, services, or some thing of value from that other person.
None of the elements of this crime are present in this situation. There was no attempt to deceive or any property obtained which Sgt. Griffin was not due.
The Town of Sharpsburg is listed as the victim in this crime. At no point was any official of the Town of Sharpsburg ever contacted by the SBI or DA’s office to determine if charges should be pressed in this case.
The Police Chief and Town Administrator feel that this charge is inappropriate and do not feel that Sgt. Griffin commited any fraud in light of all the facts surrounding this case.
Sgt. Griffin was placed under a $10,000 secured bond at the request of the DA’s office. This bond amount is two to five times greater than the guidelines issued by the Chief District Court Judge regarding a charge of this nature.
This charge has absolutely no connnection with the recent charges filed against Dan Hales. Dan Hales has no official connection with the Sharpsburg Police Department and was charged for an incident which occurred while Mr. Hales was in a civilian ride along capacity. Mr. Hales was approved for ride-along status by previous departmental administration. No officers have been found to have conducted any criminally inappropriate actions by the SBI with regards to Dan Hales.

--End of news release.

WITN has confirmed a Sharpsburg police sergeant has been arrested and charged with a felony.

According to Nash County Sheriff's Office records, Frank Griffin was brought in Thursday and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses.

We contacted Sharpsburg officials. Because of personnel issues, they could only confirm Griffin was a sergeant in the police department and that he had been arrested and charged with a felony.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 02:25 AM
    T: I am sooo tired of hearing about how FF and Police are not paid very well. If you do not make enough money, quit. Get a better paying job. The truth is that most like the prestige that goes with the job, PERIOD.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    I say that every town government should have the exact same rules for all the employees that are on the same level as others. The same goes with every County government, and the same goes with every state government. If the town and the officer are on the same side, then the SBI needs to stop that investigation and go back to the investigation of the incident following the East Carolina-West Virginia football game. My cousin had a broke arm in this incident and he told me that the SBI has one very little on that case. These authorities are wasting their time and that is leading to Greenville victims money getting spent on medical bills without any help. It has caused him to get in a serious financial bind, and I am actually helping him out what I can. I am currently outraged at the SBI right now. As for the DA, he is just another crook that wants every vote and every dollar that is out there.
  • by REF: Too Cool on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Check out the comments on the Rocky mount telegram website and you and evrybody else will see most of the story!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    Too Cool- I disagree. The town has its own personnel policies in place regarding reporting worked hours. The town has indicated none of their policies were violated and the officer was not attemping to obtain anything by false pretenses. The police department has stated none of its policies were violated. The Chief stated he was aware of the hours reported and the officer did nothing wrong. So, the DA's office and SBI are are alleging that this officer obtained property in the form of (a salary/money) by false pretenses from the Town of Sharpsburg. Yet the town is saying that it is not a victim, and that this employee has not taken any undue money??? It appears there are other reasons why these two governmental entities are leaning on this guy. I'm curious to know what the history is between the Sharpsburg PD and the local DA' office. I hope this case goes to trial as opposed to being plead. It will be interesting to watch.
  • by too cool Location: Washington on Feb 18, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    Hey Anonymous, REMEMBER THE SBI!!!!! is involved. I think that their investingation goes alot further than your "officials"
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    Hey "Too Cool", If you read the article carefully you will see the "Sharpsburg officials" have already reviewed the incident and have concluded the officer did not Obtain anything by False Pretenses. You people from the Sharpsburg area should fill the court room in support of your local officer.
  • by cant u c it Location: in the thick of it on Feb 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    Can't you guys understand if you take you stoled if you didnt your morals are good. this is happening because so much crap has been done, the SBI isn't in daycare, the world isn't againest FRANK OR Chief, there has been so many stupid, illegal things they almost got them for that anything they can put on them will come down, yes I know the 202.50 is just a big mistake, BULL it's just one thing that was taken out of the hands of the chief to cover up. it's funny how these men in Sparkle City are so honest and trust worthy, but i recall SGT FRANK being kicked out the door from the last cheif, and you know when you know of people doig drugs and parting. thats these people, let me say i know the old PD I know the little worms that were let go or asked to leave run back after the smoke and people that were there were gone. Point is its really fair to treat them like they have been treating people the last while. I beleive the town needs to start a large investgation to find morals in cops
  • by too cool Location: Washington, nc on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Ok, so you all must be friends with this Griffin. How would you all like it if someone "secretly"took from you would you let them get away with it. There is more to this story that Sharpsburg "officials" want us to know about.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    A ridicuous charge. Just sue everybody including the judge for allowing this nonsense. This is all over $202.50 for an off-duty job. SUE THEM ALL!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Anonymous, I will have to agree with you about the face that he should sue the DA. I am beginning to beleive that this DA may be just as crooked as Mike Nifong was in that Duke Lacrosse boys case.

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