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Women charged with financial crimes

JACKSON – Separate cases of financial fraud and embezzlement led to the arrest of two women here recently.

According to Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith, Crystal Battle, 34, originally of Halifax, and 33-year-old Stephanie Moore of Emporia, VA were charged.

Crystal Battle

Battle was arrested Feb. 5 by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants from the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office. Those warrants, drawn on Feb. 2, allege that Battle obtained property by false pretense. She was also charged with public assistance fraud. Both charges are felonies.

These warrants were the result of an investigation by NCSO Lt. A. Roye that began on Dec. 26.

Roye’s investigation revealed that Battle, a tenant at a public housing complex in Seaboard, was allegedly defrauding the system of benefits assistance.

“She received government assistance from the Housing Authority, located in Gaston,” stated NCSO Captain Patrick Jacobs. “She received assistance in funds to pay rent from the Housing Authority by deceiving them of her actual income.”

Battle is scheduled to make her first appearance today (Thursday) in Northampton County Criminal District Court.

On Friday of last week, Lt. Roye arrested and served outstanding warrant on Moore. She was charged with four felony counts of embezzlement from a business in Northampton County.

Stephanie Moore

The warrants were drawn as the result of an investigation conducted by Lt. Roye that began on Jan. 30. It was reported by a local business that an employee was possibly involved in embezzling money from the company.

“Upon the investigation and operation, Lt. Roye was able to quickly solve the case and catch Stephanie Moore in the act of alleged crimes,” stated Sheriff Smith.

Capt. Jacobs added that the investigation into the full amount of cash embezzled from the business is still ongoing. He expects more charges to be filed in this case.

On the original charges, Moore was held under a $30,000 bond. She is scheduled to make her first appearance today (Thursday) in Northampton County Criminal District Court.

In both cases, Sheriff Smith stated that he would like to thank Lt. Roye for, “his diligent effort in these investigations and obtaining warrants.”

Sheriff Smith stated that he encourages anyone with information or that are victims of financial crimes to please report the same to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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