RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose was in Rutherfordton Monday in support of the pilot MAT jail drug program. Rose, a former prosecutor for our Judicial District 29, has tried cases ranging from a drug gang murder to the high-profile prosecution of former CIA Director and Army Gen. David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to sharing classified information with his biographer. Rose stayed with the 29th Judicial District until 1999, rising from traffic court to try serious criminal cases, including rapes and capital murder cases until she joined came to join the U.S. Department of Justice.
At the conclusion of the MAT press conference, Rose was generous enough to speak with RC Catalyst regarding the recent allegations against Word of Faith Fellowship.
“I generally don’t comment on ongoing investigations, but I did put a statement on our website. We are really limited in what we can talk about.”
Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, made the following statement on the U.S. Justice website regarding allegations against Word of Faith Fellowship:
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office has an ongoing investigation into allegations against Word of Faith Fellowship and we continue to work with our law enforcement partners to gather and evaluate all available information. The review of such information can be lengthy, however, our ultimate goal is to assess the facts and to avoid compromising an ongoing investigation. Ultimately, the evidence and law will determine the appropriate course of action. And, while my office cannot provide additional information or updates on this or any other ongoing federal investigation, we want the public to understand that safeguarding the integrity of the process is foremost.”
Rose followed up with: “We obviously do have an open investigation and I have personally spoken with the Brazilian consulate in Washington.”
When asked when we might see some action on the case, Rose laughed and told us “Now you are going too far” and ended our conversation.