Last updated: August 27. 2014 10:11AM - 242 Views
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ELIZABETHTOWN — The sentencing hearing for former Bladen County Schools Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth was postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 7.


The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25.


Killingsworth pleaded guilty to a felony count of obtaining property by false pretense earlier this month in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division.


Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent after a contentious board of education meeting in October 2010.


In a February 2011 board meeting, members of the public addressed the board and alleged wrongdoing by Killingsworth and requested the board conduct an investigation. In that same meeting, the board requested the District Attorney’s office to look into the matter. The allegations at that time included misuse of a school board credit card; allegations he received supplemental pay without board authorization; and misrepresentation of a dependent (non-family member) on his insurance plan.


At the time of offense, the board did not have a credit card use policy in place, according to a March 2011 email from Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. The board later adopted a credit card use policy in February 2012.


Killingsworth was one of four Bladen County public officials indicted by the Bladen County Grand Jury in September 2011 after an SBI investigation.

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