Ex-NC Auditorium Manager Charged With Embezzling

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — A former Johnston County auditorium manager has been charged with stealing nearly $200,000.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that 60-year-old Kaye Barbour Ward of Four Oaks has been charged with three counts of forgery and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, embezzlement and felony larceny.

Ward is accused of forging signatures on 313 checks belonging to the Johnston County Cooperative Extension, where she worked. Ward was the agency's administrative secretary and manager of the Johnston County Agriculture Center auditorium in Smithfield.

Indictments say the money was taken between 2003 and 2010.

It was unclear Friday is Ward has an attorney.

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