Former Archdale employee charged with embezzlement

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

A former city of Archdale employee has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from the city.
April Lynn Neighbors Campbell, who worked as budget operations manager for Archdale until she was fired in June when the allegations against her were first reported, was indicted last month on one count of felony embezzlement by a public officer.
Campbell, 34, of Circle Court, Trinity, was released from custody after posting $15,000 bond.
She is accused of using a city-issued credit card to charge $205,406 worth of personal expenditures over a three-year period, according to Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the case.
Campbell was hired by Archdale in August 1999. She was paid an annual salary of $50,791 in her most recent position, according to Archdale Finance Director Lori Nurse, who said the city would have no comment on the case.
The charge against Campbell is a Class C felony under state law because it involves an alleged amount of money or property more than $100,000.
Archdale police did not handle the case because it involved a city employee, said Assistant District Attorney Andy Gregson.
“Typically, the SBI is asked to take these types of cases just so nobody can allege any sort of impropriety, and we avoid even the appearance of a conflict,” he said.
Campbell could not be reached for comment.