The construction company operator accused of hiring someone to break water lines in Pamlico County so her company could benefit financially by repairing those pipes appeared in court for the first time this morning.
Judy Hardison will hire her own attorney.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for January 25th.
Hardison, the operator of Triple H Construction, is accused of hiring Rodney Brame to damage pipes in the county so her company could then repair them to make money.
The investigation is continuing to see if the two are responsible for previous damage to the water system.
The operator of a construction company that fixed broken water lines has been accused in a scheme to break the pipes and then charge a premium repair rate to fix them.
Judy Hardison, operator of Triple H Construction Company and Rodney Brame have been charged with six counts of damaging a public water system and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
For several weeks Pamlico County's water system has been hit with outages that were caused by vandalism. Deputies say Hardison paid Brame to damage the pipes so her company could then repair them and make money. Deputies say the damage was done on nights, weekends or holidays so the company could charge the county more for the repairs.
So far the county paid the company $40,723 to repairs the lines.
Deputies say the lines were damaged by placing probes into the ground and punching holes in the pipes. The investigation is continuing to see if the two are responsible for previous damage to the water system.