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Fayetteville attorney charged with embezzling $2,000

Posted December 19, 2012

— A Fayetteville attorney was charged Wednesday with embezzling money from the Cumberland County Democratic Men's Club, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said. 

Phillip Hunter Gilfus, 32, of 727 Duck Court, surrendered to authorities and was released from the Cumberland County jail on a $2,000 secured bond. He is charged with one count of embezzlement. 

According to investigators, Gilfus embezzled $2,132 from the Cumberland County Democratic Men's Club between Nov. 15, 2011, and July 19, 2012, by writing checks made payable to himself.

Gilfus was the club treasurer at the time, and he wrote 10 checks on an account signed to Capital Bank, investigators said.

Gilfus, a former Cumberland County commissioner, ran unsuccessfully for a North Carolina House seat in November.


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  • wildpig777 Dec 19, 2012

    i'd say he needs a reprimand by a Judge. Sound familair?

  • justabumer Dec 19, 2012

    It's funny to hear someone complain about others blaming stuff on Obama after Bush was blamed for everything bad in his two terms and Obama's first term. Deal with it, folks.

  • Conservative Dec 19, 2012

    Resume enhancing activity!

  • mfarmer1 Dec 19, 2012

    So you make a politician the treasurer, really.

    That's like giving a bank robber the combination to the safe.

  • SailbadTheSinner Dec 19, 2012

    Something’s not right here….

    It’s not terribly logical for an attorney to embezzle a sum this small, especially as it seemed to have been distributed over a number of separate checks….

    As my wise old Dad used to tell me, “Never steal anything worth less than ten years of salary.”



  • cpost Dec 19, 2012

    How's that for "re-distribution"...right into his own pocket...just like the big-wigs in Washington...

  • dollibug Dec 19, 2012

    Attorneys STEAL from people all the time.....this is actually nothing NEW.....funny though that perhaps he just got caught doing it this time....

  • Scubagirl Dec 19, 2012

    This story has NOTHING to do with Obama! But so many like to blame him for every single thing that happens these days. Sun doesn't shine? Obama's fault. Getting really tired of it but that what sore losers do.

  • latigrita Dec 19, 2012

    What does this story have to do with Obama?

    But seriously, he could have easily made that money working. Doesn't make any sense.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 19, 2012

    A fool and his money are easily parted. For once the Obamacrats' wealth are being redistributed. LOL!
    December 19, 2012 10:28 a.m

    Why are you LOL'ing? That was corny! Must be a Pro-Fed Romney lib talking about "redistribution". Ironic huh? Thats an LOL.