Spring Lake’s former finance director pleads guilty to embezzlement

  • Tucker could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
  • The town will never recover the stolen money, Mayor Kia Anthony said.
  • The State Auditor hopes this conviction will deter others from embezzling.

SPRING LAKE – Former Spring Lake Finance Director Gay Cameron Tucker pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling more than $ 500,000 from the town, the office of United States Attorney Michael Easley announced.

A news release says Tucker pleaded guilty in US District Court to one count of embezzlement from a local government receiving federal funds, and one count of aggravated identity theft. She could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison, it says.

A sentencing date was not immediately available.

Tucker, 64, of Fayetteville, wrote checks from the Town’s bank accounts for her personal use, forging the signatures of other town officials, including the mayor and town manager. These forged checks were made payable to herself, used to cover her personal expenses, and deposited into bank accounts she controlled, ”the news release says.

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