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Noblin due in court Tuesday

SoVaNow.com / November 19, 2012
Former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin, indicted Nov. 13 on 21 embezzlement and forgery charges, turned himself in to Virginia State Police Thursday night and was released on a $10,000 bond.

His arraignment hearing, which will mark Noblin’s first appearance in court on the charges, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Noblin is suspected of taking county drug enforcement funds and state asset forfeiture proceeds for his own use, prompting a year-long State Police investigation that led to his arrest last week. Search warrants filed in the case indicating that up to $113,180.50 may be unaccounted for. The indictments allege that Noblin embezzled funds over a period from April 2009 to June 2011.

He was indicted on seven charges of embezzlement and 14 charges of forgery of public documents, all felonies. The embezzlement charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison each.

Virginia State Police, which had conducted the investigation into Noblin’s activities as Sheriff, handled his arrest Thursday night. The VSP investigation is being overseen by Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke, the special prosecutor assigned to the case.

Cooke and State Police representatives have declined comment on the case against the former sheriff, who served through the end of 2011 after losing his re-election bid to current Halifax Sheriff Fred Clark.



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