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Noblin pleads guilty to embezzlement

SoVaNow.com / July 12, 2013
Former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin pleaded guilty Friday morning to five felony embezzlement counts as part of a plea agreement with the special prosecutor brought in to investigate alleged financial misdeeds during Noblin’s tenure.

Noblin, represented by Altavista attorney Glenn Berger, entered the guilty pleas to the five charges and agreed to make restitution of $103,930.38, the amount he admitted to stealing from the sheriff’s department. Following completion of a presentence report, he will be sentenced Oct. 17 in General District Court.

Two additional charges of embezzlement and 14 felony charges of forgery were dropped as part of the plea agreement entered Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

At the hearing Friday morning, special prosecutor Eric Cooke, Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney, entered evidence that included checks to Noblin written off the Sheriff’s Office account, and letters by Noblin to the county treasurer notifying her of the withdrawal of funds. Noblin took money from accounts set up to fund drug interdiction and other anti-crime measures.

Some of the money was provided to the sheriff’s office by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, while most came from the state to reimburse for the department for asset seizures from drug suspects and other criminal defendants.

Under state law, Noblin could face up to 20 years in prison for each of the embezzlement charges to which he pleaded guilty Friday.

This story will be updated.

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