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Embezzlement case going to grand jury Monday

By Staff
Detective to present evidence; indictment may be forthcoming
By CLAUD HODGES
Senior Reporter
A Beaufort County grand jury on Monday could indict a suspect in the Beaufort County Hospital Foundation embezzlement case.
The foundation raises funds for the hospital. Neither the suspect’s identity nor the amount of money embezzled has been disclosed by law-enforcement authorities.
Anglim is an assistant district attorney under Edwards, who is not prosecuting the case because he is a former member of the Beaufort County Hospital Foundation.
Washington Police Department Detective Jerry Davis will present the case to the grand jury.
Evidence in the case was not presented to the Beaufort County grand jury Feb. 18 nor March 17, when it met to consider cases. Those two dates were the first two opportunities the case could have been presented to the grand jury. Monday will be the third opportunity for Davis to present the case.
After a case is presented to a grand jury, the grand jury decides if it will issue an indictment or indictments. If an indictment is issued, a warrant is issued for the indicted person’s arrest.
The Washington Police Department finished its investigation into the case Jan. 31 and delivered its findings to the district attorney’s office.
The foundation became aware of the embezzlement in November 2007 and the hospital’s board of trustees announced shortly thereafter that the police department was working on an investigation into the matter.
Police Chief Mick Reed said in November the investigation showed that the embezzlement occurred between mid-2002 and early 2006.
Neither Anglim, Reed nor Pam Shadle, manager of marketing and public relations for the hospital, will identify the suspect or disclose the amount of money embezzled.
According to hospital officials, the suspect is no longer an employee of the hospital.