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Auditor's Report Questions Princeville's Money Management

Princeville marker
N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources

The state Auditor says two Princeville town officials misspent public money. 

Beth Wood says a 2011 audit of the eastern North Carolina town's finances led to a probe that discovered there were no receipts for thousands of dollars in purchases made by the mayor and a former finance director.   She says the state has since taken control of Princeville's books. Wood has also recommended ways that town commissioners can try to recoup the money.

"For anything that there is no supporting documentation that it's a business purpose for the town, that the commissioners seek reimbursement," says Wood.  

"They were entering into contracts for which they hadn't budgeted enough money.  Make sure that the commissioners are watching expenditures each month and comparing that to what they budgeted to make sure they're not overspending."

Princeville is the first town in America founded by Blacks. Wood sent her findings to the Edgecombe District Attorney.  The SBI and the IRS are also investigating.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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