A former North Carolina fire chief is facing embezzlement charges. The former head of a volunteer fire department has been accused of taking at least $100,000 from the organization, based on reports of the charges filed against him. The grand jury returned a true bill on embezzlement and larceny charges against the Robeson County fire chief, meaning he was indicted on the financial crimes. He self-surrendered to authorities after the indictment.
Wiretaps aren't just being used to investigate violent crimes, organized crime and drug offenses anymore. Consider the recent insider trading case of Raj Rajaratnam of the Galleon Group: an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over the course of two or three years did not yield enough information to hold Rajaratnam accountable for insider trading, however, 2000 recordings collected over a year-long wiretap of his cell revealed an extensive network of insider trading that could finally be prosecuted.
While she was out sick, a financial fraud scheme by a former bank teller for Bank of America was discovered by her manager. Over the course of 15 years Michele Gentry managed to embezzle close to $700,000 at one branch of the national bank headquartered here in Charlotte.