Cooper replaces SBI director

Robin Pendergraft
July 28, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
The director of the State Bureau of Investigation is moving to a new job as an outside review of the agency's crime lab continues.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Thursday that SBI Director Robin Pendergraft will become senior deputy attorney general for Medicaid fraud.

"Medicaid fraud is a growing problem that is robbing taxpayers and preventing people from getting the health care they need," Cooper said. "We need an aggressive leader with law enforcement and legal experience, and Robin Pendergraft can bring that expertise to the job."

The new SBI director is Greg McLeod, who has worked as Cooper's legislative liaison.

Two former assistant directors of the FBI have been looking into practices at the state crime lab since a ruling that a North Carolina man who served almost 17 years in prison for murder was innocent.

An SBI agent testified that not all lab results were provided to attorneys. Pendergraft later confirmed the practice existed before she took over the SBI.

Cooper appointed Pendergraft to the SBI job in 2001.

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