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No criminal activity discovered after SBI Oak Island investigation

BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE) — Last year, allegations of possible criminal activity were brought to the attention of the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office by the leaders
and residents of the Town of Oak Island.

These allegations were related to the installation of a sewer system on the island. On October 18, 2011, I made a request for a SBI investigation, in order to ensure a thorough investigation into the matter by a neutral entity.

Last week, the SBI concluded a comprehensive investigation and I am now in a position to make a determination. The investigation included interviews of present and past town employees including engineers and contractors. A review of the facts and law lead me to conclude that no criminal charges are warranted.

The investigation was necessary, due to the appearance of criminal activity in this situation. The investigation revealed that the town had some issues relating to bookkeeping, accountability, inventory control, project management, and communication between parties, however, no criminal conduct was uncovered.

It is important to note that current and former agents of the Town of Oak Island were completely cooperative during the course of this investigation.

It also appears that, since this incident, personnel changes have occurred and steps are being taken to prevent these situations from reoccurring.

Yesterday, I met with the leadership of the Town of Oak Island and explained our decision to them. Based on my findings, no further action will be taken.

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