County worker accused of falsifying community service for cash

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Deputies have charged a New Hanover County employee for offering to falsify documentation for court-ordered community service hours in exchange for cash.

The Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's office and the New Hanover County Manager's office joined forces to investigate after deputies got an anonymous tip.

Investigators say an undercover investigation led to evidence that county worker Richard Randolph Huddleston, a grounds keeper at Hugh MacRae Park responsible for supervising community service probationers, had received cash payments in exchange for falsely reporting that probationers had completed their community service requirements.

Huddleston, 53, is with three counts of felont obtaining property by false pretense and three counts felony obstruction of justice.

He is out of jail on $3,000 secured bond.

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Who was supposed to be watching this guy? Or maybe they were on the kick-back train as well! I hope they fire all his supervisors as well.

This practice is probably more widespread than anyone knows. I worked at a local shelter for the homeless that was one of the places the courts assigned people to perform community service. It was not uncommon for me to be offered money to forge time logs for coomunity service.

Why is this guy being charged? He should receive a Republican Entrepreneur of the Year award...

No, No. It's DEMOCRATS who support giving money to people who did not do anything to EARN it. This is nothing but "welfare thinking" on the part of the payer and the payee. On one hand you have criminals that don't want to fulfill the obligations of what is probably a lighter sentance than they deserve, and the other hand you have a guy who is at least working for his money, but justifies taking a bribe because county pay is so low.

He is going for a position in the obummer administration.

So, all of a sudden it's the Republicans who don't believe that people should be held accountable for their crimes. If anything he is a Democrat who thinks he is entitled to money for which he did not work.

By the way, I am registered as unaffiliated. It has been a long time since the Republicans and the Democrats had different points of view. The politicians are all about themselves and couldn't care less about the voters.