Roberts Law Group, PLLC
North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys

On March 13, the North Carolina Supreme Court announced that courts throughout the state would close for at least 30 days, in an effort to protect public safety amid the Covid-19 outbreak. Roberts Law Group will remain open during this time. We are available to meet with new and existing clients in-person or on the phone. Please call our law office to schedule a time to meet.

We FIGHT For Your Future
We FIGHT For Your Future

Federal Embezzlement And Fraud Charges For Two Former NC City Employees

The city of Cherryville is missing about $500,000 from its budget, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte. Two of its former employees - Bonny Alexander and Jennifer Hoyle - are facing federal embezzlement charges for misuse of $435,000 and $92,000 in public funds.

Alexander, Cherryville's former finance director, and Hoyle, Cherryville's former utility supervisor, were the subjects of a bill of information early last week filed by federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court here in Charlotte. Both have informed prosecutors that they intend to plead guilty to the federal criminal financial charges, Alexander to five counts of embezzlement and Hoyle to three counts of fraud.

Alexander faces a possible 50 years in prison and $1.25 million fine. Hoyle faces up to 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Charging Individuals With Federal Crimes

There are two ways that federal prosecutors can bring formal charges against an individual for allegedly committing a federal crime:

  • A bill of information
  • A grand jury indictment

A bill of information is a direct accusation of an individual whereas a grand jury indictment requires the prosecutor to present evidence to a grand jury who then must determine whether an individual should be indicted for the crimes alleged. If a plea agreement has been negotiated it is not uncommon that the defendant will waive his or her right to a grand jury and a bill of information will be used as the charging document.

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires that anyone facing death or more than a year in prison as punishment for federal crimes must first be indicted by a grand jury. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allow a defendant to waive indictment after he or she has been informed of the charges faced and opts to waive indictment in open court.

Source: WSOCTV, "2 former Cherryville workers face federal charges," January 15, 2012


years of
combined experience

Super Lawyers | Rising Stars 4

attorneys selected to
Rising Stars
between 2019 and 2021

Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2020 3

lawyers rated
through Martindale-Hubbell*

Martindale-Hubbell | Client Champion | Platinum | 2021 4

years our founder has received the Client Champion – Platinum award by Martindale-Hubbell*

Payment Plans Available, Call Now! Visa | MasterCard | American Express | Discover Network

Client Reviews

Get Legal Help Now
Let Us Help You

Put our team of criminal defense lawyers on your side today. You are one phone call or email away from getting your questions answered by an experienced defense attorney.

Call us at 877-880-5753 to set up a free consultation or send us an email.

Fill out the form below for a Free Consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Call 877-880-5753 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Offices open weekdays 8am - 7pm, Saturdays 9am - 5pm