CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- Six arrests were made Wednesday by FBI officials in the Gaston County city of Cherryville. The federal investigation stems from an investigation financial irregularities and involves a reserve Gaston County sheriff's deputy and Cherryville police officers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said six people were arrested Wednesday in two separate indictments. Among the charges are transporting or receiving stolen property, bribery, money laundering and aiding and abetting.
Defendants named in one indictment are Frankie Dellinger, 40, a reserve police officer with the Cherryville Police Department; Wesley Clayton Golden, 39, a reserve deputy sheriff with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office; and Mark Ray Hoyle, 39, all of Cherryville, N.C. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property, four counts of transportation of stolen property, one count of conspiracy to extort under color of official right, one count of money laundering conspiracy, four counts of money laundering and aiding and abetting, and three counts of possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
Dellinger faces one additional count of extortion under color of official right.
In a separate criminal indictment, Casey Justin Crawford, 32, and David Paul Mauney, III, 23, patrol officers with the Cherryville Police Department; and John Ashley Hendricks, 47, all of Cherryville, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to transport and/or receive stolen property and one count of conspiracy to extort under color of official right. Crawford is also charged with one count of program fraud bribery in connection with his role in the conspiracy.
On the ground in Cherryville FBI and SBI agents gathered evidence from a truck in the Cherryville Police Department's parking lot. Officials have also traveled to city hall to gather evidence.
Law enforcement agents say the men allowed tractor-trailers to transport stolen items and cash from Gaffney, S.C., through Gaston County earlier this year.
Longtime residents said they were happy to see something get done since an investigation of financial irregularities was already under way in Cherryville.
"It's been going on several months, I don't know how long it's been going on but i'm glad to see they're catching up with it though," said Troy Tate. "I want them to do something about it."
The news was a shock to lifelong residents, who said they are glad to see it being taken care of.
"We're embarrassed, I think the entire town would be embarrassed, but I think if there is any corruption, you need it cleaned up in any dimension," said Cherryville resident Mike Jones.
All six suspects will be held without bond and will be back in court Friday. All but one took a court-appointed attorney Wednesday.
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Read the full press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office about the charges.