RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation has turned their findings of an investigation into funds mishandled by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office over to the North Carolina Attorney General, a spokesperson for that office has confirmed.
“… Attorneys with our Special Prosecutions Division received the criminal investigative file in this case late yesterday and will be reviewing it,” Noelle Talley, of the North Carolina Department of Justice, said in an email early Wednesday morning.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the parent department of the State Bureau of Investigation, could not be reached for information by the Laurinburg Exchange this week.
The investigation into the sheriff’s office began in February by the request of District Attorney Kristy Newton, who received complaints regarding funds collected by the department from deputies performing off-duty security work. Receipts compiled by the county show more than $40,000 was collected since August 2011.
On April 2, C.G. Cardwell, the assistant special agent in charge of the SBI financial crimes unit, obtained a search warrant signed by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens allowing seizure of employment records relevant to the employment of county deputies in providing site security for Gryphon Group, including contracts, timesheets, checks, and listings of payments made since 2011.