No charges will be brought against former town manager for questionable purchases

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A former town manager who was accused of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable purchases will not face any charges.

A state audit last year said that Sam Noble, former town manager for Tarboro, purchased $365,629.24 worth of items, including handguns, gun holsters, life vests, flashlights, helmets, wetsuits, marine equipment, shirts, coolers, and jackets. After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation.

The former town manager is also accused of obtaining over $87,000 in life insurance premiums without town council approval.

Prosecutors with the North Carolina Financial Crimes Initiative says while Noble's conduct "may not demonstrate proper governance", there's no evidence of criminal conduct.

Noble retired from the town in 2011 and for a while was interim manager in Farmville.


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The long awaited State Auditor's report on Tarboro says a former town manager spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money that exceeded the scope of his duties.

State Auditor Beth Wood released the audit Tuesday morning that looked into questionable purchases made by Sam Noble over a six-year period. Noble retired as town manager in 2011.

The audit says Noble received more than $450,000 in reimbursements from the town for supplies, equipment, travel, and meals which may not have been necessary.

Noble is accused of purchasing $365,629.24 worth of items, including handguns, gun holsters, life vests, flashlights, helmets, wetsuits, marine equipment, shirts, coolers, and jackets. After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation.

The former town manager is also accused of obtaining over $87,000 in life insurance premiums without town council approval.

The report also says current mayor Rick Page received more than $27,000 in reimbursements for health insurance payments for his ex-wife after claiming the health insurance was for him. This happened when Page was head of the electric department for the town.

In a letter to the auditor, Page said the town plans to pursue recommendations in the report, which include tightening spending controls and getting the mayor to pay back the money to the town.


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