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Businessman Charged With Not Funding Promised Retirement Accounts

Posted August 16, 2007

— Police have charged a business owner, Shaw University trustee and state banking commissioner with stealing thousands of dollars from his employees’ retirement fund.

Harold Lewis, 56, was charged with conversion of property. He was released on an unsecured $7,000 bond.

Gov. Mike Easley on Thursday sent a letter to Lewis, removing him from the state Banking Commission. Lewis had been appointed to serve as a public representative on the commission for a term that was supposed to run through April 1, 2009.

Police said Lewis offered to set up retirement accounts for employees at CCA Rehab Inc., but never deposited their money into the accounts. They arrested him Tuesday.

Seven employees are out a total of $8,000, police said. Lewis is accused of committing the crime over a seven-month period in 2006, according to the police incident report of his arrest.

CCA offers speech therapy and other services to school-age children, according to a job description in an online posting for a speech pathologist last month.

Lewis, whose full name is Harold Donell Lewis, is listed on the 2007-08 board of trustees at Shaw, which identifies him as chairman, president and chief executive of CCA Rehab.

H. Donell Lewis is also listed as an associate professor in the communication disorders master’s degree program at North Carolina Central University in Durham.


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  • Run_Forrest_Run Aug 17, 2007

    He definitely has that 'How dare they do this to me?" look doesn't he?

    Kharma will getcha everytime (we hope).

    Happy Friday Folks!!!

  • Sessy - Italiana Aug 16, 2007

    The greedy ones ALWAYS get caught......

  • ladyblue Aug 16, 2007

    Hey folks read the screen name. f He's the JOKER..This man needs to repay everyone their money with interest, needs his booty kicked off all positions he has, and needs a severe fine and community service. Maybe picking up trash. So he can relate that what he did was a trashy thing...

  • weasleyes Aug 16, 2007

    Another crooked political appointee???? Knock ME over with a feather! As to Al and Jesse, I have many problems with them, as do most of my black friends. However, I must agree with claudnc in the 3 cases he mentioned. These cases are worthy of national attention! IMHO, they represent injustice, as surely as the Duke lacross case. Again, IMHO, if Al and Jesse would focus on things like this, quit making a racial issue out of everything, and take the side of a white person sometimes, they would be held in much higher regard. Justice should know no color! Thanks, claudnc, for your post!

  • zeitghost Aug 16, 2007

    An employer can't get much lower than stealing from his employees :|

  • Jokers Wild II Aug 16, 2007

    LOL - you guys are a trip.. HP and BullRod I was only kidding, It was an inside joke for those of us who did not just join GOLO yesterday..

  • HadEnough Aug 16, 2007


  • HadEnough Aug 16, 2007

    Get a rope.
    (second post. WRAL didn't like it the first time).

  • OLD PIRATE Aug 16, 2007

    unc83: I stand corrected. There are many highly qualified min. employees with the state and Fed. Govt. (NO ?) and yes the President has done a good job in this area and has,as you indicated,not faired well with the race in general. I think my point is that there SEEMs to be a rush in some cases to fill a job and not do a careful assessment of the person. The Gov. in his defense must rely on the advice of others around him. THUS HIS PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE MORE WHO IS AROUND HIM THAN RACE.Thank you for pointing this out.

  • BigUNCFan Aug 16, 2007

    Always the same.

    crooks are rich while honest people are poor.