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Police complete hospital probe

By By DAN PARSONS,Staff Writer
The Washington Police Department announced Thursday it has completed an investigation into alleged embezzlement of funds by a former employee of the Beaufort County Hospital Foundation.
Little information was available Thursday because the case is pending a review by Assistant District Attorney Tom Anglim.
Washington Police Department Chief Mick Reed also declined to comment on the findings of his department’s investigation.
When reached by telephone Thursday, Anglim declined to comment on the investigation because it is ongoing.
The hospital foundation was made aware of the possible misappropriation of funds in late November 2007. An announcement of the investigation was then made by the foundation’s board of trustees. The foundation is the fundraising arm of Beaufort County Hospital.
Reed said in a November interview with the Daily News he was notified by a representative of the foundation who said the suspect had been employed by the hospital and assigned to the foundation. Reed said then that the focus of the investigation was a period from mid-2002 through early 2006.
The employee was no longer employed by the hospital when the investigation began, according to hospital sources.
The suspect’s name was not released by the hospital or foundation because it was against the organizations’ personnel policies, according to Pam Shadle, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
Shadle said Thursday she knew nothing more about the status of the case than that it had been forwarded to the district attorney’s office.