Former Spring Lake official pleads guilty to embezzling more than half a million dollars from the city | USAO-EDNC

RALEIGH, NC — Former City of Spring Lake CFO and Accounting Technician Gay Cameron Tucker pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $500,000 from the City of Spring Lake between 2016 and 2021. .

“Officials are responsible for protecting public funds,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “This defendant betrayed the public trust by using public funds intended for her local community to pay for her own personal expenses. Public corruption is a crime that affects us all and undermines our public institutions. Our office will continue to partner with law enforcement to investigate allegations of public corruption in any form.

Tucker, 64, of Fayetteville, wrote checks from city bank accounts for his personal use, forging the signatures of other city officials, including the mayor and city manager. These fake checks were made out to her, used to cover her personal expenses, and deposited in bank accounts she controlled.

Tucker pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a local government receiving federal funds and one count of aggravated identity theft. Tucker faces up to 12 years in prison.

Michael Easley, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys William M. Gilmore and Karen Haughton are prosecuting the case.

Court documents and related information can be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Or on PACER by looking up the case number 5:22-CR-00118.

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