RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer was sentenced to self-imposed penalties in a scheme where he and another prosecutor hired each other's wives and allowed them to collect substantial salaries for little work.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway gave Blitzer a "prayer for judgment continued" - which means the misdemeanor Failure to Discharge Duties of His Office won't be on Blitzer's record, but the court could still pass judgment later if he commits another offense.

The judge also ruled Blitzer could not practice law again without State Bar approval.

Blitzer pleaded guilty in 2017 to a misdemeanor after prosecutors said he and former Person/Caswell County District Attorney Wallace Bradsher schemed to hire each other's wives to collect over $100,000 in annual unearned salaries. Blitzer agreed to pay back the state $48,000.

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