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Felony rap for booster – Accountant also arrested

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Eve Williamson, who retired under a cloud in May as director of the North Carolina Museum of History Associates, has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, The News & Observer reported Sept. 1.

And an accountant for the booster group who was fired last year has been been arrested and charged with embezzlement, the newspaper reported Sept. 2.

Williamson turned herself in at the Wake County magistrate’s office and was released on $15,000 bond.

She said through her lawyer that she was “shocked and appalled” by the charge and regrets the turmoil of the past few months.

Between May 1996 and January, said the arrest warrant for Williamson, the 63-year-old fundraiser submitted bills of $15,229.05 for personal items bought with the booster group’s credit card.

The charge is punishable by 30 months in jail.

LeaAnne Keel Harris, accompanied by her lawyer, turned herself in at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office on Sept. 1. Her arrest warrant says that between July 1997 and December 1999 she “willfully and feloniously did embezzle and knowingly misapply and convert to her own use U.S. currency ($75,000) belonging to the North Carolina Museum of History Associates.”

She was released on $75,000 unsecured bond and was scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Sept. 5.

In December, she Williamson fired Harris for undisclosed reasons.

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