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Embezzlement charges dropped against former Princeville mayor

Posted March 18, 2015

Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates
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Prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed embezzlement charges against a former mayor of Princeville, saying new evidence surfaced after she was indicted in August 2013.

Priscilla Everette-Oates has faced 17 counts of embezzlement by a public official. An indictment alleged that she rang up $5,634 in unauthorized charges on a town credit card between August 2010 and January 2012.

"In light of the new information, prosecutors have determined that the criminal prosecution of Ms. Everette-Oates is not in the interest of justice," the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys said in a statement.

Authorities didn't elaborate on the new evidence.

State auditors began looking into Princeville's finances in 2012 after the state Local Government Commission took control of the town's books because the town was over budget and in danger of defaulting on a loan.

An audit found $8,115 charged to a town credit card with no receipts to substantiate the spending, including charges to Bed Bath & Beyond and a high-end steakhouse. The audit also determined that Everette-Oates received $3,289 for travel expenses that weren't documented.

Everette-Oates denied any wrongdoing and refused to step down, but she lost her re-election bid three months after she was indicted.

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  • Jim Slaughter Mar 19, 2015
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    How convenient...something stinks in Princeville!!

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 19, 2015
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    "Authorities didn't elaborate on the new evidence."Plea deal that involved rolling over on someone else?

  • Elisabeth Stevens Mar 18, 2015
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    Shall we guess why she will not face charges? I'm sure we already know.

  • Sherrill Craig Mar 18, 2015
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    how in the WORLD was she cleared of charges?!

  • Edward Levy Mar 18, 2015
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    So, a woman's reputation has been ruined by a public rush to judgement. So, now she will and hopefully will have a cash cow from the taxpayer, which she deserves. And the public will not be notified who messed up. I want to know why there was enough evidence to indict and then drop the charges