Raleigh, NC-- North Carolina's financial watchdog is telling prosecutors and tax agencies that it found thousands of dollars in questionable spending in one of the country's first towns established by freed slaves.
State Auditor Beth Woods' office said Monday an investigation found that Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and former town Finance Officer Diana Draughn charged more than $11,000 over a two-year period without receipts supporting the spending as a public need.
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Draughn didn't respond to messages seeking comment. Everette-Oates' attorney criticizes the report as full of "contrived accusations." The audit comes after state officials last July took over the accounts and assumed responsibility for Princeville's finances for a second time.
The state has assumed control of a North Carolina town's finances just five times since the 1930s. Two involve Princeville.