Ex-chief took money from leukemia fundraiser, documents show

Anthony Spivey
Anthony Spivey

Anthony Spivey took $8,000 in fundraising money that was collected for a leukemia patient, according to the newest indictments for the former Chadbourn Police chief.

Spivey, 35, now faces 110 felony charges. He was suspended in March, then arrested in April after a State Bureau of Investigation review that was requested by the District Attorney’s office. District Attorney Jon David said multiple cases were compromised due to missing evidence, including cash, drugs and firearms. Spivey is being held in jail in another county. His bond was reduced from $750,000 to $500,000 in a bond reduction hearing held the same day the newest indictments were filed. Although the warrants have been issued for the latest charges, Spivey has not yet been served, according to the clerk of courts office.

The former police chief is charged with drug trafficking, larceny, obstruction of justice, failure to discharge duty as a law enforcement officer, forgery, altering evidence, embezzlement of state property, private use of a government vehicle, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Last week, Spivey was indicted for using $8,000 that was raised for Phillip, Kammy and Phillip Tanner Buffkin of Green Sea, S.C. Phillip Tanner Buffkin, 14, died of leukemia in 2019.

The latest indictments allege that Spivey stole and sold five firearms that were either owned by the Chadbourn Police or were evidence in criminal cases. The weapons  included a Mossberg shotgun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, a Glock handgun, a Smith and Wesson handgun, and a Taurus handgun. Several were allegedly transported to South Carolina in Spivey’s town-issued truck, where they were sold to an individual. The buyer contacted officials about the sales, according to previously-filed court documents.

Spivey remains in jail.

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