Former Gaston mayor guilty of breach of trust

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- The former mayor of Gaston has pleaded guilty to charges of breach of trust over $5,000.
 
Sixty-five-year-old Larry Sharpe pleaded guilty in Lexington to a charge filed in 2008.
 
Sharpe is the third and final defendant to plead guilty this month in an investigation of missing money and financial mismanagement in the town.
 
Former town traffic clerk Jessica Poole pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to felony breach of trust over $5,000. Her mother, former town administrator, pleaded guilty Oct. 15 to the same charge.
 
Prosecutor Robert Elam says all three were accused of misappropriating funds for personal use.
 
Sharpe's attorney says his client was admitted to a local hospital immediately after the guilty plea.
 
All three defendants face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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