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North Carolina DOC Supervisor Implicated in Scandal

The Chief of Security for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Charles K. Stewart, allowed his friend, Oscar "Pappy" Adkins,to bilk the state out of tens of thousands of dollars for training services, alleges an internal audit report completed in June 2002. The two also filed incorrect travel expense reports, according to the audit.

Adkins contracted with the DOC to train special units, including Prison Emergency Response Teams, Hostage Negotiation Teams and the Special Operations Response Team through the community college system. State law allows the DOC to obtain this training for free. Adkins, however, billed $53,650 to the DOC as well as $52,516 to the community college system for conducting 171 classes. Adkins also recieved $15,692 in travel expenses from the DOC, according to the audit.

Stewart continued to allow the double billing even after he was apprised of the situation by other DOC personnel. "Ignoring [this information] and failing to act on [it] represented a breach of fiduciary duties," said the report.

Moreover, using information obtained from Adkins, Stewart instructed DOC personnel to figure Adkins travel to and from Stedman, NC when it should have been figured to and from Raleigh, NC. This could have been due to "ignorance of travel policy," or other unintentional factors, said the report. However, in May 2001, to reduce some of the traveling from Adkins' then current home in West Virginia, Stewart allowed Adkins to stay in a trailer on his property in Four Oaks, NC; but travel continued to be figured to and from Stedman. This, according to the report, "represented a willful misstatement of facts."

In a July 16, 2002, statement, Stewart labeled the report inaccurate. Adkins contract was canceled in May 2002. The State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the DOC, is launching their own investigation.


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