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Former ABC administrator's trial to move out of Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Former New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator Billy Williams will not go on trial in New Hanover County. Instead, his trial is moving to Onslow County, as long as some administrative hurdles can be cleared.

In February Williams pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. He is accused of using public money from a contract to build an ABC store in Porters Neck to pay contractor Lee Cowper to build a garage on Williams's personal property. Williams could serve up to 30 months in prison if convicted.

Williams retired last year after 42 years in the local ABC system amid outrage that he and his son were making about $350,000 combined to run the county's liquor business. The elder Williams continues to collect a pension of about $100,000.

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Oh My!

You can put a tuxedo on a goat but it's still a goat. Regardless where the trial is held the jury will see the goat and convict this scam artist.


Why would the judge allow a low profile case be moved,if he charge with a crime in hew hanover he should be tried here.Just another taxpayer cost added for a public employee,I think the abc board at that time should be on trial too,because of doing retirement padding for the last three years he worked before getting caught on this time,using taxpayer money to personally benefit himself,stealing by pension padding or okaying vouchers is stealing from the taxpayer.

To bad Poor Billy

Onslow is not too far away, so me thinks Onslows taxpayers know about your screwing NHC taxpayers and laughing (almost) all the way to the bank. I hope they don't just throw the book at you, I hope they beat you w/it. Please Onslow citizens: Jail time for this scum.


no competent attorney, if such an animal exists, would allow his client to go to trial in New Hanover county after all the publicity and comments posted on this site, among others.