Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hearing for former Foothills Regional Airport manager set

The former operations manager at Foothills Regional Airport who is accused of violating terms of his probation will be back in federal court this month.

Bradley Dale Adkins is scheduled for a final hearing on a revocation of supervised release at 2:50 p.m. on Dec. 13 in courtroom 2 at the federal courthouse in Asheville, according to court documents.

Adkins has been held under no bond in the McDowell County Jail since federal officials started the process of revoking his probation in October.

Adkins was arrested on Oct. 17 and an initial appearance on proceedings to revoke his probation was held Oct. 18, according to federal court documents.

A warrant for Adkins was executed but has been sealed by the court.

However, federal court documents say probable cause was found for the action. Federal documents say Adkins failed to report for a substance abuse test he was scheduled for on April 25 and on July 30.

On June 18, Adkins did submit a diluted urine specimen for testing, court documents say.

Adkins, the former operations manager at the airport, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to public corruption conspiracy and embezzlement, aid and abet. He faced a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Adkins was sentenced in June 2014 to time served and four months of house arrest. He also was given a 3-year term of supervised release on each count. In addition, Adkins is expected to notify probation if he changes address or his name, and he is supposed to refrain from using drugs unless prescribed by a doctor, as well as submit to drug testing.

No sentencing date has been set for Randy Hullette, former chairman of the board of Foothills Regional Airport, who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and witness tampering Aug. 21, 2013. He faces a total maximum sentence of 30 years.

His sentencing has been continued at least three times.

The FBI raided the airport in June 2012, seizing files, records, computers, log books and other information. The warrant included records from the airport involving Hullette, Adkins and Alex Nelson, the former airport manager, who defrauded the airport of at least $100,000, according to federal officials. Nelson was sentenced in February 2014 to three years in federal prison and three years supervised probation. He served his time in federal prison and is in his probationary period, according to federal records.


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