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Wake school librarian charged with insurance fraud

Posted October 28, 2013
Updated October 29, 2013

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— A librarian at Leesville Road Elementary School faces charges that she defrauded an insurance company of more than $14,000, authorities said Monday.

Sabrina Michelle Smith, 37, of 5300 Talison Court in Raleigh, was arrested last Thursday on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and felony conspiracy. She was released after posting a $30,000 bond.

An arrest warrant states that Smith conspired with an employee of Nationwide Insurance to obtain unauthorized settlement checks totaling $14,260 between June 2010 and last December.

Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Renee McCoy said Smith has been suspended with pay pending an internal review of the matter. Smith previously worked as a teacher at Wakelon Elementary School and Hodge Road Elementary School before becoming the media coordinator at Leesville Road Elementary in August, McCoy said.

Three Raleigh men also were charged in the scheme, according to the state Department of Insurance.

Anthony Quentin Barlow, 40, of 7373 Sandy Creek Drive, was charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Tony Maurice Pittman, 40, of 8037 Bright Oak Trail, and Rodney Smith, 39, of 5300 Talison Court, were each charged with obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

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  • wattsdavm2 Nov 6, 2013

    The following information was released by the North Carolina Department of Insurance:
    Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of four people in an alleged embezzlement scheme involving insurance funds.
    Anthony Quentin Barlow, 40, of 7373 Sandy Creek Drive, Raleigh, was charged with one count each of embezzlement and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. He was arrested on Oct. 24 and placed under a $30,000 unsecured bond.
    Tony Maurice Pittman, 40, of 8037 Bright Oak Trail, was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. He was arrested on Oct. 24 and placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond.
    Sabrina Michelle Smith, 37, of 5300 Talison Court, Raleigh was charged with one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. She was arrested on Oct. 24 and placed under a $30,000 unsecured bond.
    Rodney Smith, 39, of 5300 Talison Cou

  • lisaclark2 Nov 5, 2013

    With pay? You've got to be joking...

  • Wags Oct 29, 2013

    Why is it that State employees are always "suspended with pay". This is an "at will" state...employers can fire an employee for any reason.

  • mike275132 Oct 29, 2013

    "Smith conspired with an employee of Nationwide Insurance to obtain unauthorized settlement checks totaling $14,260"

    How about reporting the name and position of the Nationwide employee?

  • LovemyPirates Oct 29, 2013

    Librarians in schools are now called Media Coordinators or Media Specialists. They handle books and also many other kinds of media.

  • harmstrong4 Oct 29, 2013

    anyone understand why they always get admin leave with pay? They can always go back and give them back pay.

  • sandim50 Oct 29, 2013

    for those who question why the news states what her about her employment, my guess is that they are in the education field. Do they ever write in when any other person that is accused of a crime, has their job listed and their home address. I think not
    I also have a problem with anyone getting paid leave until they
    are convicted or found innocent. I would suggest if found innocent, that they be given back pay, with interest.

  • davisgw Oct 29, 2013

    The majority of teachers make it on their salary without resorting to crime so that is not a reason to justify the situation.

  • mep Oct 29, 2013

    Liberal: If only the school system paid her better, she would never have had to resort to a side job in crime. LOL!

  • nraleighmom Oct 28, 2013

    As a citizen, we are innocent until proven guilty. She should be given the opportunity to defend herself, without the public casting judgement.

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