FORMER BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF BOBBY MEDFORD and CO-DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT Medford Receives 15 Years for Corruption, Extortion, and Money Laundering ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Gretchen C. F. Shappert, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced that Bobby Lee Medford, 63 years of age, the former Sheriff of Buncombe County, was sentenced on October 6, 2008 in federal court in Asheville to a total period of imprisonment of 15 years, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The sentence also requires Medford to forfeit $287,776 in proceeds of his criminal activities, and to pay to the Court a special assessment of $1,100. The sentencing follows Medford’s convictions in federal court in Asheville on May 15, 2008, following a trial of almost three weeks, of conspiring to enrich himself unlawfully by extorting money from persons involved in the illegal video poker machine business in Buncombe County beginning October 1, 2000 and continuing through December 3, 2006.
Medford was convicted of depriving the citizens of Buncombe County of the right to his honest services, performed free from deceit, favoritism, self-enrichment, self-dealing, concealment, and conflict of interest, by participating in a conspiracy related to illegal video poker machine businesses while employed as sheriff and as a sheriff’s special deputy for Buncombe County. Medford was also convicted of conspiring to obstruct local or state law enforcement, and of conspiring to commit money laundering.