Investigation of questionable prison fundraising complete

TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - The results of an investigation into questionable fundraising at Tabor Correctional Institution are now complete. The state launched that investigation after being contacted by WECT about an employee complaint.

The corrections employee said they were being compelled to contribute money from their paychecks into a staff appreciation fund, and given the impression their careers could be on the line if they didn't comply.

The employee didn't want to be identified for fear of losing their job, but gave us documents indicating that prison staff members were being asked to contribute up to $60 each, to raise thousands of dollars for an employee appreciation event.

An email from the Tabor Correctional director reads:  "We cannot require anyone to pay...however supervisors need to be encouraged to participate... please let me know if you encounter any resistance or unwillingness to pay."

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety said their investigation determined there was no wrongdoing or misuse of funds, but the fundraising in question remains suspended until state prison administrators and auditors can develop formal policy guidelines for employee fundraising activities.

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