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Former police chief in court on embezzlement charges

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CHERRYVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Another one-time Cherryville official is in hot water. The city's former chief of police is facing embezzlement charges, and made his first appearance in Federal Court on Tuesday.

Former Chief of Police Woodrow "Woody" Burgess entered a guilty plea today  to one count of program embezzlement.

Burgess admitted to making his finance director write five checks to "The Great Outdoors," totaling more than $5,100.

Investigators say he used that money to buy guns for his own personal collection.

Melissa Owen, Burgess' defense attorney, said, "Mr. Burgess accepts responsibility for his involvement in this. He is very remorseful for accepting payment for overtime and vacation that he was not authorized to accept."

Burgess originally told his finance director he earned those checks through overtime and unused vacation time.

His sentencing date has not been set.

The charge of program embezzlement carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

He was released from prison on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

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