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State suing Oak Island mayor

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RALEIGH -- The state of North Carolina is suing a local mayor for hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is he responsible? Oak Island Mayor John Vereen is being sued by the Department of Transportation for an alleged crime committed by one of his former employees. The Department of Transportation says Vereen should reimburse the state more than $380,000. Vereen says his former employee, Annie Daphine Prince, is the one who owes the money. Prince was charged in June with obtaining property by false pretense. Investigators say she embezzled the money from a license plate office Vereen owned in 2006 by altering the bill of sale on vehicles. Sen. R.C. Soles is representing Vereen and says he did nothing wrong. Sen. Soles said, "The mayor has not been arrested, he has not been indicted, the state has informed us that he is not accused or being investigated for any criminal wrong doing. The fact that he owned the license agency the state feels he should be responsible for any losses." Prince is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Sen. Soles says it will be a while before the suit is settled. Attorneys are waiting for Prince's criminal charges to go to court before proceeding further. You may recognize Annie Daphine Prince as the mother of slain Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer Mitch Prince. Prince was murdered on duty in January of 2005 by Darryl Manness. Manness was sentenced to death in April of 2006. He is still on death row.

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