Former Columbus County detective facing more embezzlement charges

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –The former Columbus County Sheriff’s captain accused of stealing money from an evidence safe faces more charges.

David Gerald Nobles, Jr., 52, was arrested on Thursday and charged with five more counts of embezzlement-public official/trustees and two counts of accessing government computers.

He was released the same day after posting bond.

The NC State Bureau of Investigation says a new special prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys assigned to the case decided to add counts to the indictment after reviewing the case.

In June of 2017, Nobles was indicted after being accused of stealing $3,500 between October 11, 2013 and September 1, 2015.

Sheriff Lewis Hatcher requested an independent investigation after discrepancies were noticed.

That investigation led to charges for Nobles, who resigned September 17, 2015 as captain of the Detective Division.

District Attorney Jon David referred the case to the Conference of District Attorneys, given Nobles’ prior relationship with the DA’s office.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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