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SBI director stepping down to take on new role

Posted July 29, 2010

— The head of the State Bureau of Investigation is stepping down to take on a new role in the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday that director Robin Pendergraft is leaving the post to serve as a special deputy attorney general for his office's Medicaid fraud program.

Greg McLeod, who has served as legislative counsel for the Attorney General's Office since 2003, has been named the new SBI director.

Cooper said that the shift comes after state lawmakers authorized funding for 25 new positions to doubles the Medicaid Investigative Unit.

The unit has recovered more than $361 million in fraud cases over the last decade, he said.

“Medicaid fraud is a growing problem that is robbing taxpayers and preventing people from getting the health care they need,” Cooper said in a news release. “We need an aggressive leader with law enforcement and legal experience, and Robin Pendergraft can bring that expertise to the job.”

Pendergraft, whom Cooper called "a fighter for justice," was the longest-serving director of the SBI, appointed in 2001, and is the first woman to hold the position.

She has been with the North Carolina Department of Justice since 1987. She previously served as a special deputy attorney general in the Law Enforcement Liaison Section, which assists local law enforcement agencies with legal advice and technical assistance.

McLeod, Cooper said, will build upon the SBI's successes and continue to improve it.

"Greg has gained extensive knowledge of law enforcement issues, and he has developed a close working relationship to the law enforcement community in our state," the attorney general said. "He will be working diligently to make the North Carolina SBI even better at solving crimes and seeking justice."

In addition to serving as legislative counsel, he has been a policy advisor for the Attorney General's Office and, prior to that, was general counsel to the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, which oversees areas of law enforcement like the State Highway Patrol.


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  • disgusted2010 Jul 30, 2010

    For all of you that think she has done such a good job, I wonder if you will feel that way when the News and Observer finishes their four part expose.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 29, 2010

    She has done a good job. Obviously, politics are asking her to handle another job. Good luck to her in this new venture.

  • 8-Ball Jul 29, 2010

    Well I hope the new guy taking over does a good a job as she has over the last few years. I always though a lot of her and the department she was running. So I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

  • CHRoseIII Jul 29, 2010

    Hmmmm....interesting....very interesting

  • Retired07 Jul 29, 2010

    Just once I would like to see a good common sense citizen run a major state agency instead of the brotherhood of well connected lawyers. You know, kinda like a common taxpayer or a front line soilder that does the bleeding for these politicians.

  • Suasponte Jul 29, 2010

    Read the N&O article. It actually has some factual content.

  • Suasponte Jul 29, 2010

    I suspect it's a preemptive move pending the release of the report concerning the lab mess and the Taylor case.

  • meh2 Jul 29, 2010

    FE - ad hominem does not mean what you think it means.

  • FE Jul 29, 2010

    "There are others, but as a fan of bureaucracies, you probably think that, and all her other malfeasance is acceptable." - meh2

    Thanks for the input. But your ad hominem comments are both unnecessary and unfounded.

    I will read any meaningful, hopefully factual, comments (pro and/or con) about Pendergraft that you wish to share with us all.


  • meh2 Jul 29, 2010

    One example, FE, government drone, the 2 year back up in DNA testing - that was due to her incompetence and mismanagement. There are others, but as a fan of bureaucracies, you probably think that, and all her other malfeasance is acceptable.