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Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:38

From Staff Reports

A federal judge moderated restrictions on the release of former assisant Buncombe County manager Jon Creighton and formally accepted a plea agreement between Creighton and prosecutors in connection with a bribery scheme that involved a longtime contractor.

Creighton held his hands in front of him and reportedly answered nearly all of U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer’s questions with “yes, sir,” as he pleaded guilty on the morning of Oct. 30 to conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

The ex-Buncombe staffer is the first among three defendants indicted in August to enter a plea deal. So far, he also is the second county official to plead guilty since federal officials began an investigation about 15 months ago.

Creighton’s conspiracy charge includes “embezzling, stealing, obtaining by fraud and misapplying” county property and “corruptly soliciting, demanding (and) accepting” bribes prosecutors allege came from longtime county contractor Joe Wiseman, the Asheville Citizen Times reported.



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