Johnston County Magistrate Indicted On Felony Charges

A Johnston County magistrate has been indicted on felony charges.

WTSB News and has learned a Johnston County Grand Jury, sitting in Smithfield on Monday, handed down a True Bill of Indictment against Magistrate Velody Foye-Byrd, 47, of Smithfield on three counts of illegally accessing a government computer.

According to the indictment, Foye-Byrd knowingly and without authorization accessed a government computer at the Johnston County Magistrate’s Office with access to State of North Carolina criminal records to perform personal searches for personal information and not related to her duties.

According to the indictments, Foye-Byrd illegally searched the records of three individuals: Manique Cutler, Anthony Scott Sims and Shenette Stevens Walker aka Shenette Walker Banks.

The alleged offenses occurred between February 14, 2017 and October 19, 2017.   According to her Facebook page, she started her position at the Johnston County Courthouse in 2013.

The case is being investigated by the NC State Bureau of Investigation.  Foye-Byrd is being represented by Smithfield attorney Jack O’Hale. (Facebook photo)