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Chatham County investigates former employee

Posted Saturday, March 4, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Based on findings from the State Auditor’s Office released to the county Wednesday, the Chatham County Manager’s Office asked the Sheriff’s Department to investigate a former county employee for allegations related to accepting gifts from a now-defunct cleaning supply vendor.

The gifts were allegedly given in the form of gift certificates and were given to an employee in Animal Control between 2000 to 2003.
“Even though the person in question has not worked for the county since 2004 and the amount of money involved is not large, we are very concerned about the situation and its implications. We immediately sought a thorough investigation,” said County Manager Charlie Horne.

If, in fact, the former employee did violate the law by accepting gifts from a vendor, Horne said that the county would cooperative fully in any criminal proceedings against the employee.

“We appreciate the State Auditor looking into the Stone Cold Chemical Company’s dealings in our state after hearing about the company’s illegal activities in other parts of the country. We hope this sends a strong message to vendors and public employees that such practices will not be tolerated and will result in criminal charges.”

Horne said that the county also will examine its purchasing policies to identify any improvements in procedures that could help identify questionable dealings with vendors.

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