Vance board candidate charged

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

A former Vance County commissioner and a candidate running for Commissioner Tommy Hester’s seat in November was arrested recently on four felony larceny and forgery charges in Granville County.

Anthony Scott Hughes, who goes by his middle name, was charged July 22 with felony larceny of chose in action, felony possession of stolen goods and property, felony forgery of endorsement and felony uttering a forged endorsement.

Hughes, who was commissioner from 2006 to 2010, is scheduled to appear in Granville County District Court on Aug. 27.

He wrote in an email that he only learned of the charge recently, and he hasn’t yet spoken to a lawyer.

He said he cashed a check for someone who misled Hughes about his identity.

“When I cashed that check, I gave all of my personal information and presented my driver’s license to the teller,” he wrote in the email. “I would think that common sense would dictate that if I had stolen the check or knew that it was stolen that I wouldn’t have given my real identity when cashing it at the bank.”

He said he fully intends to repay the victim.

“I will be paying the victim his money this coming weekend, and I’m meeting with the officer to see if I can help identify the person who stole from the victim and who mislead me,” he wrote.

Hughes, 39, was charged with felony possession of heroin in 2011.

He is scheduled to appear in court for that charge Aug. 14.

He wrote in the email that his attorney and the district attorney have worked out a deal, which he hopes will take place in this month.

“I will say that I’m only guilty of poorly choosing those people whom I was around from time to time,” he wrote. “The drugs were not mine, but since it was my vehicle, I was responsible. Had I known of the drugs, neither the drugs nor the guy who possessed them would have been in my Jeep.”

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.