Former County Clerk Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

A former clerk to Pitt County commissioners has been indicted on embezzlement charges involving county funds.

WITN News has learned that Patricia Staton was indicted last week by a grand jury on two charges of felony embezzlement and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Both involved using a county credit card at Sam's Club.

County officials referred all inquiries to County Attorney Janis Gallagher. She said there were measures in place to act as a deterrent, and they were able to catch alleged inaccuracies. "As a result of the alleged embezzlement, no employee will be allowed to carry a Sam's Club credit card any longer," Gallagher told WITN.

Court records show Staton is accused of embezzling nearly $950 in county money by using the credit card on two occasions at Sam's Club in Winterville. The indictments say Staton bought grocery items, including wine, linens, clothing and an iPod with the county credit card, once in 2008 and another in 2009.

Staton became clerk to the board in June 2006 and made $56,702 a year. She resigned February 1st. The Pitt County jail said they had no mug shot for Staton.

Monday night county commissioners appointed deputy clerk Kimberly Hines as its new clerk to the board. Hines has worked for the county since 2001.

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  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Any relation to Frankie Bordeaux?? Next thing you know she'll be running for a seat in the Senate.
  • by anonymous Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    I'll try this again... someone should investigate the washington city administration....
  • by GoodGovt Location: Raleigh, NC on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    First let me say that what Mrs. Staton did was wrong and she is being dealt with accordingly, but citizens are always so quick to jump to the conclusion that corruption is everywhere in government. Truth is if Mrs. Staton was employed in the private sector and embezzelled $900 we wouldn't even hear about it. Municiple and County Governments were established by and are here to serve the citizens. Open meeting and public records laws make government an easy target for the media and the public should be told when bad things like this happen. I just ask that you do not condem the entire system for the mistakes of the few. Your Commissioners and Councilmen were elected by you and try to do their best for you. If you don't like what is happening in your County, City or Town get involved don't hide behind an alias on a facebook page. If you think you can do a better job I encourage you to run for public office.
  • by PCS Employee Location: Pitt County on Apr 21, 2010 at 03:05 AM
    PCS gets audited every year. Makes you wonder though doesn't it. What did happen to the bookkeeper from WGP?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM
    Patricia Staton must have broken the camera when they took her mug
  • by to anonymous at 07:09 on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Your name must been on the list that came out on last Tuesday and Thursday.
  • by OpenCarry on Apr 20, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    What is it with government officials and police officers in NC and embezzlement? Are embezzlement skills now a job requirement for working for the government in this state? Where did I miss that new law?
  • by Br549 on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    Audit Pitt County Schools! Then you would ask why pick on this lady. As I recall it was several thousand dollars missing there before they caught that lady (Wintergreen). Stealing is stealing do the crime do the time.
  • by Justice on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    Every goverment agency needs to be audited each and every year. By an independent citizen review board, made of volunteers from each county. Switch out those volunteers each year. Anyone interested in being selected for the board,if they meet a background check, put their names in a hat and draw them out. But then the jails would be more overcrowded.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Audit Martin County Tax Office ASAP
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