Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2 Men Plead Guilty to Embezzling From Asheville Airport

Alex Nelson
 Yesterday in Asheville two former officials from Regional Airport pleaded guilty in District Court to charges of embezzlement and public corruption. The airport's former administrator, Alex Nelson, and the former operations manager, Bradley Adkins, are accused of stealing over $100,000 from the airport.

Both Nelson and Adkins were released from jail on conditional $25,000 bonds, as they are not considered a  public danger or flight risk. Court reports show that the two men took checks that were made to the airport and sent them to bank accounts that they controlled. As much as $120,000 could be missing.

Nelson stands to do up to 35 years in prison, as he was also charged with money laundering. Adkins could face up to 15 years.
Bradley Adkins

Adkins has stated that he is innocent but entered a guilty plea for the best interests of his family. As part of a judgement, Nelson will forfeit many of his possessions, including his home, two cars, and a boat. Adkins will pay $85,000 back.

It's not clear at this time if anyone else will be charged in the case, but Nelson and Adkins both agreed to assist the prosecution and testify if necessary. Nelson and Adkins, who were raised by the same mother, will return to court for their sentencing later this year.