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:
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.