Archive for Embezzlement

School Librarian Suspended Pending Embezzlement Investigation

A Jackson County School System employee has been suspended without pay after being accused of stealing from school funds. Authorities say Patricia Dunford, 45, a librarian at Cullowhee Valley School, has been charged with Larceny by Employee for embezzling money from the school system from August of 2012 to May of 2013. Dunford will remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigation and is scheduled to appear in court to face these charges on September 24th.

Sylva Woman, Robyn Crawford Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Today in Jackson County Superior Court Robyn Dillard Crawford, age 51, from Sylva pleaded guilty to six felonies for the embezzlement of $150,000 from the WNC Eye Care between March of 2005 and March of 2010. Crawford was the office manager at WNC Eye Care, working there for nearly eleven years. Crawford reportedly used credit cards issued by the company for things like; personal hotel stays, out-of-state travel, and even groceries. Robyn Crawford’s sentence of more than 3 years has been suspended due to the plea agreement and on the condition she pay $50,000 in restitution to Dr. Richard Beauchemin, the former owner of WNC Eye Care, and also pay a fine and court costs totaling $2650. Crawford’s attorney, Frank Lay, asked the court to forgo the court costs and probation supervision fee’s but was denied. If restitution is not made, a probation violation report will be issued, and her sentence could possibly be activated regardless of the plea deal.