When a public officer uses his office to further his/her political career, that is sad. When you use the office to gamble and cover personal expenditures that’s sick and twisted. Yesterday, former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford was arrested.
Former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford commanded an illegal gambling operation that moved as much as $5,000 at a time through his sheriff’s department office, federal authorities said Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office unsealed an indictment that made sweeping charges against Medford, including that he funneled money from illegal video gambling to cover campaign expenses and $54,000 lost at Cherokee Harrah’s casino.
Some members of Medford’s command staff promised protection for betting operations and would collect money from video gambling machine owners while dressed in sheriff’s deputy uniforms, according to the indictment. (more…)