Judy Hardison was in court Friday after accusers say she was hired to repair the Pamlico County water system, but instead had someone purposefully damage it.
Hardison bonded out of jail earlier this week, according to investigators. She declined a comment to News Channel 12.
Rodney Brame, who investigators said Hardison paid to break several pipes in the county so she could then repair them, was also in court. Brame is still in custody at the Pamlico County Jail.
"I never thought he would do this," Vicky Brame, Rodney Brame's wife, said. Vicky said she and her husband have been separated for several years, so she did not know anything about the charges.
Both cases are continued until the end of January.
Investigators said Judy Hardison was the operator of Triple H Construction Co. and was the contractor used by the county to repair damages to the system. During that time, investigator said she paid Rodney Brame to damage pipes with the intention of fixing them at night, on the weekends, or during holidays; that way, the charges would be higher than normal working hours. The amount of damage done ended up costing the county $40,723.25, according to a news release.
Detective Billy Jewell of the Pamlico County Sheriff's office said Hardison worked with the county for four years.
"This was a trusted position in the county," Jewell said. "You put your trust in people to do [a job] and you assume, unless you find out differently, they're doing it correct."
Both Hardison and Brame are facing several felony charges including six counts of damaging a public water system and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.