Thursday, May 9, 2013

Former Collettsville, North Carolina School Secretary Charged with Embezzlement


38-year-old Emily Yvonne Hawkins of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 8) on ten counts of embezzlement by a public officer or trustee.

Hawkins had been employed as the lead secretary at the Collettsville School on Collettsville Road in Collettsville.  She held the position from July 26, 2010 to March 26, 2013.

Events leading to her arrest began when administrators with Caldwell County Schools conducted an internal investigation regarding the discovery of questionable purchases.  That investigation raised additional concerns regarding unauthorized purchases made by Hawkins.  Her employment was immediately terminated.

On March 26, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Caldwell Co. Education Center regarding the embezzlement of school funds.  The exact amount allegedly taken by Hawkins is still being calculated, but it is estimated to be in excess of $40,000.

Hawkins was taken before the Magistrate and given a $100,000 secured bond.  She has since been released from custody.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir

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