Cases continued in Superior Court

Erin Smith Staff writer

November 6, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division met Monday with Allen Robinson and Jeff Smith making appearances respectively.
Both cases were continued — Robinson's case to March 31, 2014, and Smith's case to Jan. 6, 2014.
Robinson, who is the former Clarkton Volunteer Fire Department chief, is facing charges of two counts of corporate malfeasance, two counts of insurance fraud and four counts of embezzlement.
Robinson, along with Deputy Chief Joshua Simmons, were indicted by the Bladen County Grand Jury on Aug. 5.
The pair are alleged to have cut the pump off one of the department's fire trucks in 2012 and reported it as stolen to the insurance company. According to reports, the pump was valued at about $13,000. It is also alleged that in 2010, Robinson reported several air tanks as missing when they were actually in use at the fire department.
Robinson was also alleged to have misappropriated funds.
Smith is charged with two misdemeanor counts of electronic gaming.
On March 25, a misdemeanor criminal summons was delivered to Smith by Bladen County Sheriff's Office deputies. The summons claimed Smith's business had been using an electronic machine or device to conduct a sweepstakes through the use of an entertaining display in violation of state law.
Smith had filed a separate lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Prentis Benston, which was recently dimissed.