RALEIGH—United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today a federal grand jury has returned an eight-count criminal indictment charging Stephen A. LaRoque, 48, of Kinston, North Carolina, with theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A), and engaging in monetary transactions involving property derived from certain specified unlawful activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957.
The maximum penalty for each count is up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
The case involves a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.