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Ex-Tax Official Indicted – Brevard NC

 

February 16, 2017

Annette Raines

Annette Raines, the county's former tax administrator, has been indicted for felony embezzlement, according to District Attorney Greg Newman.

A grand jury handed down the indictment, which is a class H felony and carries a maximum penalty of 30 months in jail, Newman said.

Raines' first scheduled court appearance is March 2.

As previously reported, Raines is accused of embezzling more than $90,000 from the Transylvania County Rescue Squad's bank accounts

In June of last year, Assistant Special Agent Tom Ammons, with the SBI's Western District Office, said Raines was the person of interest in an active investigation involving the embezzlement of funds from the rescue squad.

Before news of the investigation was released, Raines resigned as tax administrator.

According to the squad's management, it discovered in April of last year that Raines was taking unauthorized ATM withdrawals from the squad's bank account for her own use.

When news of the investigation was made public this past June, in a probable cause affidavit used to obtain a search warrant, Raines admitted to rescue squad officials, and to Ammons, that she wrote checks to herself from either the squad's checking account or employee account over a three-year period.

The affidavit said Raines admitted to writing herself checks in the amount of either $1,000 or $1,500. She also allegedly admitted to taking an undisclosed amount of money prior to writing checks to herself on a monthly basis and estimated the total amount she took was $58,000.

Raines was given the opportunity to pay the money back after rescue squad officials discovered Raines had been embezzling the money, the affidavit claimed.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney was notified after the money was not paid back, and officials also discovered the squad had several delinquent bills.

The affidavit said Raines paid the squad back $5,000.

An accountant hired by the squad later calculated the embezzlement amount at more than $90,000.

 
 

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