New Bern Mom, Daughters, Indicted In Massive Fraud Case

A New Bern woman and two of her daughters have been indicted for what the district attorney calls "systematic theft of large sums of money" from a medical practice. The mother is suspected of stealing more than $100,000.

The grand jury indicted 53-year-old Lisa Norton and her daughters, 21-year-old Katherine Cannon and 19-year-old Courtney Norton, for obtaining property by false pretense. District Attorney Scott Thomas says Lisa Norton used to be the office manager of Carolina Craniospinal Neurosurgery in New Bern. The position gave her access to the income and expense payments for the practice and the physicians who work there. Thomas says the daughters were occasional employees of Craven Craniospinal Neurosurgery and had been employed only a short time when the theft was discovered.

The indictments allege that all of the defendants obtained money belonging to the medical office by falsely representing that they were entitled to it and had authorization to take it.

If convicted, Lisa Norton could serve an eight-year maximum mandatory prison sentence, and her daughters could serve a maximum of eight months in prison. All defendants have court appearances in Craven County Superior Court scheduled during the week of June 10.