Durham sheriff office money under investigation

February 10, 2010 7:00:53 AM PST
A Durham County Sheriff's Office spokesperson confirms there is a criminal probe into an alleged misappropriation of funds within the department.

County officials have declined to comment on the details of the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for the NC Attorney General's Office confirms the Special Prosecutions Unit is reviewing a case involving a former Durham County Sheriff's Office officer.

The ABC11 I-Team has learned the department recently conducted an internal audit of its financial procedures.

This is not the first time the department's finances have raised concerns. Kim Perkins, a former Durham County sheriff's employee, pleaded guilty to embezzlement in 2007.

Perkins was accused of stealing more than $113,000.

The incident prompted the department to conduct an internal audit in 2007 followed by another financial review this year.

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