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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied an appeal by the former head of New Hanover County’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board convicted nearly two years ago for obtaining property by false pretense.

In a decision filed today, the Court of Appeals ruled the trial court did not make an error by refusing to dismiss the case against Billy Williams for lack of evidence.

A jury convicted Williams in August 2011. Jurors agreed that Williams used more than $40,000 that appeared to be for paving the parking lot at a new liquor store in Porters Neck to cover a debt he owed contractor Lee Cowper for a garage Cowper built for Williams’s home.

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