State Auditor accuses former Carteret County shelter director of embezzling money from shelter

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – A North Carolina Auditor Report alleges a former director of the Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter used the shelter’s credit cards to spend more than $67,000 on questionable purchases, including online dating, rent and child care.

According to various social media pages, Candace Christopherson served as the shelter’s director from 2005 through the time of the investigation. Christopherson also excluded more than $44,000 in cash receipts from bank deposits, according to the report.

Some of those questionable purchases included more than $15,000 worth of convenience store purchases on gas, cigarettes and alcohol.

It also shows purchases at Walmart and restaurants, as well as uses of the cars for online dating, Netflix, Redbox, Xbox Live and even a WWE pay-per-view event, according to the report.

The report, which stemmed from a complaint through the Office of the State Auditor’s hotline, says Christopherson spent the $67,000 on 2,243 credit purchases between January 2014 and July 2016.

Christopherson was the only employee authorized to use the shelter’s credit cards, and the report said she was unable to produce receipts or other documentation to support a business purpose for these purchases.

Between January 2015 and September 2016, the report also says the shelter received $44,364 in cash that was not included in its bank deposits. According to the Shelter’s PetPoint data management system, cash receipts for this period totaled $56,382, but an analysis of the shelter’s deposit slips and bank statement indicated that only $12,018 was deposited in the bank.

Christopherson could not explain the missing cash, according to the report.

The report also said the failure of the director to deposit cash to the shelter resulted in less funds available for the animals there.

9OYS has reached out to Christopherson online and at her home, but she has not responded.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they are conducting a criminal investigation into the allegations and will consult the District Attorney’s Office when the investigation is complete to determine what, if any, criminal charges will be filed.

 

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