Court cases get continued

Erin Smith Staff writer

October 16, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — Former Bladen County Schools Supt. Gregory Killingsworth was supposed to be back in court Monday, but had his case continued again.
The Bladen County Clerk of Court's Office did not have a new court date available.
Also in court Monday was Jeff Smith, owner of Cybernet, doing business as Alladin, in Dublin. His case was continued until the November session.
Killingsworth is charged with one count of obtaining property under false pretenses and is being represented by attorney Jack O'Hale.
Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent after a contentious board of education meeting in October 2010. In the board's February 2011 meeting, members of the public addressed the board and alleged wrong doing by Killingsworth and requested the board conduct an investigation. In the same meeting the board requested that the district attorney's office conduct an investigation into Killingsworth's alleged 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.
In an email dated March 23, 2011, Public Relations Director Valerie Newton wrote that the Board of Education did not have a written credit card use policy in place at the time of the alleged violations.
“At the February meeting, the board requested an ad-hoc committee be formed to develop a policy regarding credit card use,” wrote Newton.
The board later adopted a credit card use policy in February 2012.
Killingsworth has not made any public statements regarding the matter since his resignation.
Smith faces a two counts of electronic sweepstakes.
On March 25, a misdemeanor criminal summons was delivered to Smith by Sheriff's Office deputies. The summons claimed Smith's business had been using an electronic machine or device to conduct a sweepstakes through the use of an entertaining display in violation of state law.
Smith has filed a separate lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Prentis Benston.