NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Leaders in New Hanover County have temporarily suspended the government's participation in the weekend portion of a community service program after a supervisor was arrested for fraud on the job.
Richard Huddleston has been suspended with pay pending an investigation, according to a spokesperson for New Hanover County.
Huddleston, a full-time grounds keeper, oversaw a court ordered community service program. Sheriff's deputies arrested him for supplying completed forms in exchange for money.
County leaders will consider what changes, if any, need to be made to the program.
District Attorney Ben David said he's been working on alternatives to the community service program long before Huddleston's arrest. He said young offenders would benefit from spending time in a courtroom or emergency room instead of picking up a park.
"Those are things that aren't run through this community service agency, but more importantly, tell young people that their choices have consequences," said David.
The DA added that it is still in the planning stages, but he hopes to have a new program coordinated with judges, hospitals or the Street Safe program in New Hanover County.
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