By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on February 10, 2021
Almost four years after his arrest, John Stuart Golliday has pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement in connection with his tenure as manager of the Outer Banks Sports Club, which ended in 2015.
Under the plea agreement completed last month, Golliday, 63, has been given a suspended sentence and has been placed on three years of supervised probation. He must also pay restitution to the owners of the Outer Banks Sports Club in the amount of $43,066. The prosecutor in the case was Jeff Cruden, assistant district attorney in the First Judicial District that includes Dare County.
Golliday’s attorney, Sean Yacobi, told the Voice that his client had agreed to an Alford plea in the case – a type of guilty plea that generally allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while acknowledging the likelihood that he would be convicted in a criminal trial.
According to a story posted on the Voice at the time of Golliday’s April 12, 2017 arrest, Investigators determined after a 21-month investigation that gym funds were misapplied for a personal purpose between 2008 and 2015 when Golliday was at the Outer Banks Sports Club. He subsequently went on to open HammerHeads Gym in Kitty Hawk.
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