An Anderson attorney and former Anderson city council member was sentenced Monday to serve five months in prison on an obstruction charge, said Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Charles Anderson also was sentenced to three years of supervised release with the condition that he serve the first five months in home confinement with location monitoring, Tompkins said in a news release.
According to court documents, Anderson represented Lonnie Maddox on federal drug charges in South Carolina in connection with a large-scale cocaine conspiracy.
Court records indicate on five separate occasions from Feb. 21 through March 15, 2013, Anderson lied to DEA and HSI agents about his knowledge of the whereabouts of two of Maddox’s vehicles.
Maddox purchased the vehicles, including a Yukon Denali SUV, with money from his drug dealings, according to court records.
“Court records also show that Anderson lied to law enforcement about his participation in moving the Denali, which law enforcement ultimately retrieved from Anderson’s law partner’s residence,” Tompkins said.
Law enforcement agents recovered the Denali and found one kilo of cocaine hidden in a concealed compartment inside the vehicle, according to Tompkins.
Anderson also initially lied to federal agents about possessing another one of Maddox’s vehicles, a classic Chevrolet Chevelle, according to court records.
Anderson later admitted to law enforcement that he had possessed the Chevelle, according to Tompkins, but he lied about the location where he got the vehicle.