The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has announced plans to investigate the Scotland County Sheriff’s office, but it’s been mum about the investigation’s focus. At least one news report has linked the probe to the office’s practice of requiring deputies to moonlight for a local warfare training company.
According to The Fayetteville Observer, deputies who working for Gryphon Group Security Solutions must pay a fee to the sheriff. Sheriff Shep Jones told the paper the fees are used for vehicle maintenance and special events. He said deputies understand that the contributions are necessary because they use county vehicles and equipment when working in security positions for private companies. He also said there is no written agreement with the deputies regarding the contributions.
The SBI may look into several issues, including how the funds are accounted for, whether the deputies are working as independent contractors and whether they are covered by the county’s workers compensation plan while working for Gryphon.