Duo admit guilt for embezzlement

Published 6:29 pm Friday, December 17, 2021

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WINTON – Two local women arrested last year for allegedly embezzling a combined $1.7 million from their employer have admitted their guilt.

Penny R. Allen, age 59 of Conway, and 60-year-old Pamela B. Wilson of Ahoskie each entered guilty pleas this week during a session of Hertford County Superior Court.

According to the court records, each woman was charged with six counts of felony embezzlement. Four of those counts for each were for embezzling more than or equal to $100,000.

A Hertford County Grand Jury indicted both women in July of 2020 at which time they voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement. That came on the heels of a prolonged investigation by the North Carolina SBI.

Information obtained from the SBI showed that the two women were formerly employed as office staff at Rose Brothers Paving Company of Ahoskie.

Anjanette Grube, Public Information Director for the SBI, said the investigation showed that the money was allegedly embezzled between 2014 and 2019. The embezzlement was discovered by a CPA hired by Rose Brothers Paving, Grube said.

“We began the investigation on 8/14/19 at the request of the District Attorney,” Grube said in a statement last year.

Allen and Wilson are scheduled for sentencing during the next session of Hertford County Superior Court, which is scheduled to convene the week of Jan. 3, 2022.