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November 19, 2012

Edgecombe County magistrate indicted for embezzlement

TARBORO — Kevin Smith, an Edgecombe County magistrate, was inducted on charges of embezzlement by an Edgecombe County Grand Jury.

Smith was indicted on three counts of embezzlement by a public official, according to Noelle Talley, public information office for North Carolina Department of Justice.

Smith reportedly turned himself in to the State Bureau of Investigation at the Edgecombe County magistrate's office. Smith was placed on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

While the investigation was under way, Smith was reportedly placed on mandatory leave. The investigation was requested by the office of the Edgecombe County District Attorney.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Edgecombe County court Jan. 23, 2013. Details of the felony charges were not available by press time.

Edgecombe County court documents also reveal Smith was charged with four counts of misdemeanor worthless checks. A court date of Nov. 29 has been assigned to those charges.

Felony embezzlement is a criminal charge for misappropriation of at least a certain amount of funds from one party to another. Commonly referred to as a white-collar crime because it normally happens in office settings, its severity is classified based on the value of the items stolen. Punishment ranges from repayment of the funds to several years in prison.

The Daily Southerner will provide more detailed information as it becomes available.

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