• Burke Co. town clerk accused of embezzlement


    BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - A town clerk in Burke County is accused of ringing up thousands of dollars of items on the Connelly Springs town credit cards for her own personal use.
    Prosecutors say Jeanine Barus spent $25,000 of taxpayer money to buy groceries, pay her power and cable bills and purchase sheds. 
    She is scheduled to appear before a judge later this month after the district attorney’s office filed a bill of information for embezzlement.
    Barus has not worked as the clerk in Connelly Springs since the fall of 2012.  

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