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SBI plans no NCHSAA criminal investigation

The State Bureau of Investigation does not plan to conduct a criminal investigation of the N.C. High School Athletic Association after the state auditor’s office found irregularities in the way the NCHSAA was handling the retirement plan of one of its employees.

“The SBI consulted with the district attorney’s office about the audit and determined that a criminal investigation was not necessary,” said Noelle Talley, public information officer of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

A report from the state auditor’s office in December said the NCHSAA and Chatham County Schools may have committed a crime when they included an NCHSAA associate commissioner on the school system’s payroll to increase his state retirement benefits.

In its response to the report, the NCHSAA said there was no intent to deceive and said that it had taken appropriate actions in the wake of the report.

The report has been referred to the district attorney for N.C. Judicial District 15 B and to the State Bureau of Investigation.