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Police have arrested a former Pitt County probation officer accused of leaving a racist voicemail message on his state-issued phone to impersonate another probation officer.

The Greenville Police Department said officers arrested 30-year-old Matthew Eric Wood in Wilmington at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Wood, a former Pitt County probation officer, left a racist voicemail message on his state-issued cell phone pretending to be another probation officer, according to state officials.

NewsChannel 12 recorded the message and transcribed it below:

"You've reached (name omitted) with Pitt County Probation and Parole. Please press one if you're a n----- using food stamps, living off the government while also using drugs. Please press two if you're white trash on disability when you can work in the first place. Please also note that North Carolina does not assist you to complete your probation, nor do we care if you complete your probation. All we care about is getting your money. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at any time. Thank you and have a wonderful day."

(CLICK HERE to listen to the voicemail message.)

Keith Acree with the N.C. Department of Public Safety said Woods resigned as a Pitt County probation officer in early May.

Wood has been charged with  felony common law obstruction of justice, felony identity theft, and misdemeanor impersonating an officer. He is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.

Since NewsChannel 12 first contacted officials Thursday afternoon, the phone number with the message is no longer in service.

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The District Attorney's Office has filed multiple warrants in the investigation of a state-issued cell phone carrying an offensive and racial voicemail message. The phone was issued to a probation employee in Pitt County, according to state officials.

A phone call to our newsroom, from a man claiming to be on probation, gave us the cell phone number. The caller said if we called it, we could hear the message from his probation officer for ourselves.

NewsChannel 12 recorded the message and transcribed it below:   

"You've reached (name omitted) with Pitt County Probation and Parole. Please press one if you're a n----- using food stamps, living off the government while also using drugs. Please press two if you're white trash on disability when you can work in the first place. Please also note that North Carolina does not assist you to complete your probation, nor do we care if you complete your probation. All we care about is getting your money. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at any time. Thank you and have a wonderful day."

NewsChannel 12’s Juliana Valencia went to the Pitt County Probation Office.  Officials there wouldn't tell her much but directed her to state officials.

We contacted the N.C. Department of Corrections to ask if this number was really a state-issued cell phone to a probation employee. Keith Acree with the N.C. Department of Public Safety said it's a state phone that was assigned to a probation employee, who had resigned in early May.

Since we contacted officials Thursday afternoon, the phone number is no longer in service.

Acree told NewsChannel 12 Friday morning that the DA's Office has filled multiple warrants in this case, but details cannot be released until the warrants are served.

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