TARBORO — A Sept. 12, 2013, story published on the website and on the front page of The Daily Southerner about the review and analysis of the travel and expense records from July 2006 to June 2011 of former Town Manager Sam Noble incorrectly characterized the conclusion of a report produced by Jackson Investigations and provided to the Tarboro Town Council. The headline should have read, “Report Questions Purchases by Noble”. The report did not conclude that Noble misappropriated funds. We apologize for the error.
An independent certified fraud examiner hired by the Town of Tarboro has concluded that former town manager Sam Noble may have made more than 300 questionable purchases that were reimbursed by the town. The value of the items submitted for reimbursement exceeded $130,000 and took more than 30 pages to list according to a copy of the report obtained by The Daily Southerner.
Meeting in closed session Monday night, the town council voted 6-2 to send the report to the state auditor for further review. Council members Garland Shepheard, who did not return a phone call, and Rick Page voted against forwarding the report.