Columbus Co. attorney pleads guilty in forgery investigation
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An attorney in Columbus County can’t practice in the state anymore after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an investigation into forged documents.
Prosecutors said Randy Lemay Cartrette pleaded guilty today to seven charges of obstruction of justice and one charge of common law forgery. Five felony obstruction charges were dropped, officials said. Cartrette was indicted on those charges last week. As part of the plea deal, Cartrette agreed to disbar from the North Carolina State Bar. Prosecutors from the Fourth Prosecutorial District handled the case at the request of Jon David, because Cartrette was part of the Columbus County Bar. The fourth district covers Onlsow, Sampson and Duplin counties.
Cartrette was given a suspended sentence, probation and community service as part of his sentence. He must also pay a $200 fine.
The investigation began in 2014 when investigators from the SBI found that Cartrette forged a court document to recall an order for arrest of one of his clients. During the investigation, prosecutors discovered Cartrette was also going to four different district court judges and requesting limited driving privileges for his clients who weren’t eligible for such a privilege.