Ex-manager to appear in court

Accused of embezzling from ABC store

Staff WriterJuly 3, 2007 

— The former manager of the Pittsboro ABC store is due in court Monday after being charged with embezzlement in May.

Teresa Hartman is accused of defrauding the store of $10,000 in false checks and personal purchases. She turned herself in for arrest and was released under a written promise to appear in court.

Hartman, 48, resigned from the store in December after 15 years of employment. She has been under investigation since January, when ABC board Chairwoman Karen Allen contacted police after reviewing bank records and noticing several checks issued to Hartman besides her regular paychecks.

Hartman also allegedly purchased a Dell computer and computer accessories through a false line of credit set up under the name of the Pittsboro ABC store, according to court records.

Hartman declined to comment on the case Monday when reached by telephone.

Court records show she was convicted of passing a worthless check in 1989.

An agent from the State Bureau of Investigation was called to assist in the investigation because of the complexity of the financial records and because the ABC store is affiliated with the town.

The store, at 70 Sanford Road, just south of the downtown traffic circle, has not turned a profit in at least four years, and the state's ABC Commission has threatened to shut it down or merge it with the county's ABC system.

The Pittsboro Town Board recently appointed member Max Cotten as a liaison to the ABC board, to improve communication between the two boards.

The ABC board members are Allen, Harry Sugg and Helen Brooks. Brooks is the wife of Town Board member Gene Brooks.

(News researcher Denise Jones contributed to this story.)

Staff writer Emily Matchar can be reached at 932-8742 or emily.matchar@newsobserver.com.

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