Investigation: Town had over $64K in undocumented spending

May 15, 2019 - 3:08 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state auditor's investigation has revealed that the small town of Robbinsville in western North Carolina spent over $64,000 of taxpayer money on gas, restaurant meals and other expenses without adequate documentation.

The May report examines $34,343 in credit card charges between July 2016 and Feb. 2018 and $30,660 of fuel purchases made between July 2016 and Nov. 2017.

The same investigation found that town officials and employees received over $15,900 in fringe benefits that weren't reported as taxable income.

Robbinsville mayor Steve Hooper said most of the credit card charges and his share of the fuel purchases were used for town purposes. He said he wasn't fully aware of the requirements for using town money, but that after the investigation, town officials are now abiding by the rules.

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