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SBI investigates former WRAL-FM worker

Posted October 17, 2008 4:23 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2008 5:53 p.m. EDT

— A former accounting manager at WRAL-FM is under investigation in the suspected theft of more than $200,000 from the radio station over several years, according to court documents.

State Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday obtained records of Bobbie Huffman Gray's account with the State Employees Credit Union as part of a fraud investigation, according to court documents. No charges have been filed.

Gray worked for WRAL-FM for 29 years before leaving the station in August 2007. The station is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Co., which also is the parent company of WRAL-TV.

In his application for a search warrant, SBI Special Agent Kevin Snead said the signatures of several WRAL-FM managers were forged on hundreds of checks between January 1999 and July 2007. The checks were supposed to be cashed to replenish the petty cash fund at the radio station, but many wound up in Gray's credit union account and others were used to pay American Express bills, Snead said.

Capitol Broadcasting issued the following statement about the investigation: “This is an ongoing investigation, and it would not be appropriate for us to comment on this matter at this time.”