Former Calabash town administrator makes first court appearance

Jeremy Cribb; Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
Jeremy Cribb; Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

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BRUSNWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Former Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb appeared in court for the first time Wednesday on several charges.

Cribb was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with four felony counts of embezzlement and one count of obtaining property under a false pretense after a six week investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office and the SBI.

Cribb resigned as town administrator in Calabash last month, when leaders noticed irregularities on his resume.

"I had high hopes for Mr. Cribb and the town," said Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons. "We had the best of both worlds going and then, I guess we flew too close to the sun."

According to investigators, Cribb lied on his resume to gain the position, then used a town credit card for hundreds of dollars worth of personal purchases. The town also paid him nearly $15,000 in salary and benefits for working for three months at the job he was not qualified for.

Cribb bonded out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

"I considered him more of a friend than anything else, so it was a big surprise and to find out that there were so many inconsistencies and untruths in his life was shocking for all of us," said Michael Abushakra, president of the Calabash Merchant's Association.

The Calabash Board of Commissioners met in a closed session Tuesday evening and decided the town clerk would temporarily fill Cribb's position.

"What I would like to see done is justice with mercy," said Clemmons.

Cribb is expected in court again September 15.

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