Spring Lake’s previous finance director was arrested Friday by federal authorities and charged with embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Homosexual Cameron Tucker, 63, of Fayetteville, is accused of embezzling extra than $500,000 from Spring Lake through her tenure as finance director and accounting technician for the city, in accordance to a assertion launched by the U.S. Lawyer for the Eastern District of North Carolina. An indictment also accuses her of carrying out the embezzlement by means of fraudulent checks that contains solid signatures of the mayor and city supervisor, the assertion claimed.
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U.S. Attorney Michael Easley claimed in the statement that city federal government officials are entrusted to shell out taxpayer money on public needs — not their individual.
“Our prosecutors and legislation enforcement partners are fully commited to vigorously investigating all allegations of community corruption,” he reported.
Tucker is charged with just one rely of embezzlement from a area govt getting federal cash, 4 counts of financial institution fraud, and two counts of aggravated id theft.
A 56-web page investigation report that was launched by Condition Auditor Beth Wood in March located that the town’s former accounting technician, who also served as Spring Lake’s finance director for a lot more than a calendar year, made use of at the very least $430,112 of the town’s cash for own use. The report did not identify the technician, but stated in the footnotes that she served as the town’s finance director from March 2020 to April 2021 and as interim finance director from March 2020 to September 2020.
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Minutes of the town Board of Aldermen’s meetings show that Tucker served as finance director in February 2021 and was appointed interim finance director in March 2020.
The report proposed that the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen contemplate getting authorized action against the previous accounting technician. It accused the technician of crafting 72 checks for her personal use.
The technician wrote 32 checks for a total of a lot more than $16,000 that have been payable to Bragg Mutual Federal Credit history Union and deposited into her private financial institution account there, according to the report.
The report explained 27 checks totaling a lot more than $151,000 had been designed out as payable to the technician, with 24 deposited into her personal account and one deposited into her husband’s account at the credit history union. Thirteen checks for a total of a lot more than $113,000 ended up created payable to Heritage Area Senior Living and used to pay monthly resident bills of the technician’s partner, the report stated.
The FBI is investigating the situation, in accordance to the statement. Assistant U.S. Legal professional William M. Gilmore is the prosecutor.
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