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Former financial director a North Carolina Federal prosecutors announced the city pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $500,000.
U.S. Attorney Michael Easley’s office announced that 64-year-old Cameron Tucker of Fayetteville, who served as Spring Lake’s chief financial officer, pleaded guilty to theft from a local government that received federal funds and aggravated identity theft. according to The Fayetteville Observer. According to the sentence, she can face up to 12 years in prison. A date was not immediately available.
Tucker wrote checks from city bank accounts for her personal use while forging the signatures of other city officials, including the mayor and city manager, officials said. Tucker’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
State Treasurer Dale Falwell said his department is seeking to strip Tucker of her years of public service, which would reduce her pension.
Tucker controlled city bank accounts and hid her transactions by keeping them off the city’s financial books, state Auditor Beth Wood said. The city didn’t conduct routine audits, but when someone noticed something amiss, Wood’s auditors stepped in, she said.
Spring Lake Finance are now closely monitored by the North Carolina Commission on Local Government.