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Documents Detail Accusations Against Court Employee In Drug Case

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A probable cause affidavit filed in the Chatham County Superior Court Clerk's Office on Thursday alleges an employee of the Court Administrative Office used her access to records in an attempt to help a man accused in a major drug trafficking case. 34 year old Velvelyn Scarborough was arrested a week ago following a search of her home and office. From her office in the Chatham County Courthouse, her work computer was seized, along with a cellphone bill, various handwritten notes, court documents regarding the case of one of the co-defendants in the drug case and Phoenix printouts used by law enforcement. From Scarborough's home, investigators seized miscellaneous letters, a digital scale, several laptops and seven cellphones.

The affidavit alleges Scarborough is a co-conspirator in the ongoing narcotics investigation that resulted in the indictment of nearly 40 people last November and that she had a romantic relationship with one of those indicted. The affidavit alleges Scarborough has attempted to assist boyfriend Leonard Anthony Kennedy in a variety of ways, from providing him with information about the State's evidence against him, to attempting to warn him of his imminent arrest. The affidavit states that two wiretaps of Kennedy conducted last year turned up no drug conversations between Scarborough and Kennedy – but that agents learned of her role in the conspiracy through jail video recorded during a visitation.

A CNT agent in the affidavit states that an initial review of Kennedy's jail phone calls, and visitation audio/video indicated that he was receiving information from someone with access to either law enforcement activities, records or court documents. Further investigation narrowed the focus onto Scarborough. The affidavit alleges Scarborough used her position in the Court to obtain court authorized search warrants, investigative reports and any other documentation related to Kennedy. She is also alleged to have attempted to obtain documents related to the case from the Garden City Police Department, and to have attempted to manipulate the case against Kennedy by having his case assigned to a different Judge than the original, presiding Judge. She is also alleged to have accessed jail visitor's records for the other defendants charged in the case and relayed information to Kennedy regarding which attorneys were visiting their clients and how frequently. Those same records, the affidavit states, would have given Scarborough knowledge regarding visits by law enforcement to an inmate as well – and states that a leak of that information could have placed an inmate in danger if he was suspected of cooperating with authorities.

The affidavit cites a jail phone call made in January of this year where in Scarborough and Kennedy appeared to be having a heated discussion about their relationship. Scarborough is quoted as saying "the same day before you got arrested, I'm calling you to let you know that they gonna come get your a**, and you couldn't even come meet me nowhere." The affidavit states agents then checked Scarborough's phone records and showed her placing a call to Kennedy's number at 12:50am and 6:29am on November 29th – both of which went unanswered. On November 28th, 39 individuals, including Kennedy, were indicted in the drug conspiracy and warrants were issued for their arrest by Chatham County Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot. Kennedy was taken into custody the next day.

The affidavit states that if Scarborough's apparent attempts to warn Kennedy of his imminent arrest had been successful, it could have placed officer's lives in grave danger because Kennedy would have had an advantage over approaching officers. The affidavit states Kennedy would also have had the opportunity to flee or destroy or conceal evidence in the case.

Scarborough has so far only been charged with Conspiracy or Attempt to Distribute a Controlled Substance, but the Chatham County District Attorney's Office has stated that more charges are forthcoming. Scarborough was granted a $10,000 bond on Tuesday and was released from jail that afternoon.  She was placed on Investigatory Suspension Without Pay from her job the day of her arrest.

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