COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The SBI recently concluded an investigation into the Town of Navassa regarding the use of government equipment for non-government purposes.
According to District Attorney Jon David, members of the SBI said their investigation revealed no criminal behavior in this case.
The district attorney requested the SBI investigation earlier this year after complaints of the maintenance manager hauling dirt with town equipment on property not belonging to the town.
The manager said Mayor Eulis Willis told him to use the equipment to move dirt onto Scott McCaffrey's property. McCaffrey said Willis told him he could have the dirt without payment.
There was description within council regarding the installation of a heating unit. According to minutes from a meeting on December 20, Mayor Eulis Willis proposed the purchase of a heat pump for the building, but council members were not in favor of the idea.
A receipt from a week after the meeting showed McCaffrey installed a heating unit, despite the lack of support. McCaffrey did not charge for labor, just parts in that project.
According to the Cape Fear Council of Governments it is illegal to do work using town property if there's a personal gain and if the entire council did not take a vote. Some council members in Navassa indicated they had no idea the private projects were taking place, despite documented work orders, until after they were completed.
After an investigation into the complaints and allegations, the SBI found no criminal behavior.
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