Former deputy sheriff pleads guilty to misdemeanors
A former Pocahontas County deputy sheriff pled guilty Tuesday morning to two misdemeanor counts of attempting to obtain goods under false pretenses.
Benjamin McCoy Wilfong was accused of attempting to purchase goods from Wade's Farm and Feed with checks drawn on a fictitious account at Pendleton Community Bank.
Wilfong accepted the plea agreement, which includes a recommendation of jail time.
Circuit Judge James Rowe set sentencing in the matter for May 21.
Wilfong was allowed to continue to remain free on a personal recognizance bond.
The former deputyﾒs civil suit against the county, which alleged that Sheriff David Jonese had wrongfully suspended him without pay following his arrest for obtaining goods under false pretenses and four counts of counterfeiting, was dismissed in February at Wilfongﾒs request.
The counterfeiting charges were subsequently dropped.