Bladen County magistrate suspended after felony larceny arrest

Bladen County magistrate suspended after felony larceny arrest
(Source: Raycom Media)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Bladen County magistrate was suspended after being accused of stealing money from a department store where she worked.

According to officials with the Lumberton Police Department, Priscilla Dean Dunham was recently charged with one count of felony larceny by an employee after allegedly stealing an unspecified amount of money from JC Penny.

District Attorney Jon David said Dunham is also a magistrate in Bladen County and was suspended by Chief District Court Judge Scott Ussery pending the outcome of the investigation.

The suspension order was verbally delivered to Dunham on July 9 and officially signed on July 10. The notice read:

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7A-173, Priscilla Dunham is hereby suspended until further notice. You are ordered to surrender ALL keys to the magistrate's office immediately. You are hereby further ordered to surrender any and all state issued equipment immediately. You are not to go on the property of the Bladen County magistrate's office during the period of this suspension.

According to online records, Dunham made her first appearance on the felony charge in a Robeson County court on Tuesday.

When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Dunham claimed she was falsely charged and is getting it handled through her attorney. Dunham declined to comment further on the situation.

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