WHITE LAKE — A former White Lake police officer has been indicted by the Bladen County Grand Jury on charges of embezzlement.
Christopher Terry Fell was indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 4 on two counts of embezzlement by local or charitable officer, as well as obstruction of justice. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6.
According to reports, the first count occurred on Aug. 20, 2012, through Aug. 26, 2013; the second count is alleged to have occurred on Aug. 26, 2013, through Sept. 27, 2013.
According to court documents, Fell is alleged to have embezzled $1,830, which belonged to the town of White Lake. Fell was employed by the town of White Lake as a sergeant with the police department.
According to WECT, the obstruction of justice charge was levied as it is alleged Fell tried to hide his misconduct by depositing the money in a White Lake Department Special Fund prior to the audit.
Also according to WECT, Fell resigned his position with the department shortly after the incident last year, and the district attorney called the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the matter. Those findings were returned to the DA’s office and Fell was indicted earlier this month, according to reports.
The DA’s office told WECT that Fell was using the department’s money as if it were his personal bank account by “borrowing money and paying it back.”
White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble said, “I can’t comment on it at this time.”
He did say the case is an ongoing criminal case and Womble referred all calls regarding the matter to the District Attorney’s Office.
A message sent to the DA’s office and White Lake Police Chief Bruce Smith seeking comment were unreturned as of press time.
There was no mug shot available of Fell because he was not booked into the Bladen County Jail.