ELIZABETHTOWN — A former assistant superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County pleaded guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to the felony of obtaining property by false pretenses on Wednesday.
Gregory Killingsworth, who served as principal at Lumberton Senior High School for eight years, is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 25. Killingsworth worked for the Public Schools of Robeson County as the assistant superintendent of Human Resources from 2007 until 2009, when he left to become superintendent of Bladen County schools.
Killingsworth was accused of receiving supplemental pay without board authorization, misrepresenting a non-family member on his insurance plan and of misusing a school board credit card at establishments such as Cozy Corner in Elizabethtown.
Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent in Bladen County after a contentious school board meeting in October 2010. In the board’s February 2011 meeting, members of the public addressed the board and alleged wrongdoing by Killingsworth and requested the board conduct an investigation, which eventually extended to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office.
Killingsworth was indicted by a Bladen County Grand Jury in 2011 for having $6,272 added to his electronic payroll without approval from the Board of Education.
At the time of offense, the board did not have a credit-card use policy in place, according to a March 2011 email from Valerie Newton, Public Relations director for Bladen County Schools. The board later adopted a credit-card use policy in February 2012.
Robeson County Superintendent Johnny Hunt has said allegations of financial misuse do not extend back to Killingsworth’s time with the Robeson County school system.
Killingsworth has not made any public statements regarding the matter since his resignation.
A phone number listed for Killingsworth had been disconnected and calls to his attorney were not returned.
Erin Smith works as a reporter for the Bladen Journal.