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Former Princeville town manager pleads guilty

Posted September 21, 2009

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— The man who was town manager of Princeville from December 2003 to August 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to charges he misused funds while in office.

Former Town Manager Sam Knight and Tarboro resident Mark Richardson each pleaded guilty to 13 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of conspiracy to commit false pretenses. Both men were sentenced to house arrest, and a judge ordered Knight to repay $25,000 to the town within 90 days.

The case stemmed from a State Bureau of Investigation probe into the town's handling of Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Knight’s indictment did not include charges that he abused or mishandled relief money.

Court documents charged that Knight approved town invoices paid to Williams Surveying Co. in Richardson's name. Investigators alleged that company did no work and never existed.

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  • Winston Sep 22, 2009

    If they put this in their museum, I'll walk from Wilson to Princeville, to see it.

  • Wake1 Sep 21, 2009

    Hope they have a spot in their museum for this piece of history!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 21, 2009

    Glad to see it. Too many people in politics in these small towns have the ability to abuse the system. And the towns typically don't have the resources to catch or investigate the people involved. Typically, there is much more they have done in the past other than what they were prosecuted for. It usually takes something unusual that gets outside agencies involved to bring them to justice.