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Ex-Youngsville supervisor faces embezzlement, larceny charges

Posted July 1, 2011

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— The son of Youngsville's former town administrator faces accusations that he used town property for his own benefit and that his mother knew about it, according to the town police chief.

Joey Patterson, who was the town's streets and maintenance supervisor, was charged late Thursday with obtaining property by false pretenses, larceny by employee and two counts of embezzlement.

Town commissioners fired Patterson and his mother, Brenda Robbins, Thursday amid the criminal investigation by Youngsville police. Both had worked for the town for more than a decade.

Chief Daren Kirts said that Patterson's charges involve taking crushed gravel owned by the town and trashing personal belongings at the town dump at the town's expense. Patterson also used town equipment, including tractors and dump trucks, for his personal use while on the clock, the police chief said.

Kirts said that Robbins was aware of her son's activities and that he has receipts documenting that she knew what was going on.

His investigation covered two months, but former employees told investigators that this activity had been going on for six years, Kirts said.

The police chief said it would be a conflict of interest for him to charge Robbins, since she was his boss until Thursday. He asked Franklin County District Attorney Sam Currin and the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate her.

Both Currin and SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley said they declined to investigate Robbins because there was insufficient evidence to implicate her.

Robbins declined to comment on the case, and Patterson hasn't returned a phone call.

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  • wayneboyd Jul 1, 2011

    Sooooooooooooo typical of our DA

  • slappywhite Jul 1, 2011

    so ?

  • TheDude abides... Jul 1, 2011

    btneast- Yet so many here on GOLO expect you to just take whatever the govt or people in power give you!

    Excuses about how "tough" their job is abound.

  • TheDude abides... Jul 1, 2011

    REMEMBER...this is the county where the ex-SHERIFF is currently under invenstigation for stealing $100,000+ from the county drug-interdiction fund , and for pocketing $10,000 that was supposed to go to buying christmas toys for kids.

    He also had to check himself into holly hill once this became public knowledge. The Attorney for the Franklin Co. Sheriffs office said it was because he feared he would "harm himself".

    IF YOU DONT LIKE JUSTICE, THEN MOVE TO FRANKLIN COUNTY! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET THINGS DONE IS GET IN GOOD WITH RALPH KNOTT!

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jul 1, 2011

    When is the last time Y.P.D. made a major drug stop/bust along U.S. 1 which is the primary corridor for drugs coming into Wake County from the North ?

    LOL where do you people get this "information". You are CLUELESS!!! Marijuana is the #1 cash crop IN NC. IN meaning we grow it HERE. It mostly comes from the western part of the state. Turn off your TV. "primary corridor" LOL good grief.

  • btneast Jul 1, 2011

    YOU TELL ME IF WE SHOULD BLINDLY TRUST THESE OFFICIALS!!

    Why would you BLINDLY trust any offical? Not that you should distrust them, but that's why we have auditors, or someone performing an audit type function. This also comes from too many people not taking the time to keep abreast of who is running for office in local elections, and not bothering to vote in local elections.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 1, 2011

    Would not be considered aid and a betting? Surely she was covering for him.

  • letsplayinthe919 Jul 1, 2011

    Seriously ??? LOL When did Barney Fife, I mean Kirts, turn into Elliot Ness ??? When is the last time Y.P.D. made a major drug stop/bust along U.S. 1 which is the primary corridor for drugs coming into Wake County from the North ? Wait, I'm sure they figured Henderson P.D. had taken care of all of the the street pharmacists suppliers as they rolled in on I85. I'm surprised he could be pulled away from certain places or the Sheetz long enough to handle this crime wave.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Jul 1, 2011

    jbarron4950 - they need to go back that far because Brenda has worked for the Town of Youngsville that long. I have known them for 17 years and she was working there for a while before that. Her son has been there about 6 years. This is why they need to go that far back!

  • Twittyfan Jul 1, 2011

    Brenda is just as guilty because she knew about it...

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