ROCKINGHAM — A woman is facing a single criminal charge after police say she stole from her employer.
Robin Hill Horne, 54, of Darien, Georgia, is accused of embezzling nearly $20,000 within 6 ½ months while working at Carolina Motors at the Rock.
According to an arrest warrant, Horne embezzled $19,916.22 between Sept. 18, 2014 and March 31, 2015.
Detective Shawn Paxton — public information officer for the Rockingham Police Department, who also handled the case — said the allegations against Horne were originally looked into by a private investigator for about a year due to the “overwhelming complexity of the situation.”
Paxton said there were a lot of receipts that were allegedly voided out by the suspect, and the leg work in the case was done by the private investigator.
From there, he said it was just a matter locating the suspect — which he did through social media, something he calls a “valuable tool.”
The detective then contacted both the Darien Police Department and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office for help. Paxton said deputies picked up Horne and held her until he could drive down to bring her back to Richmond County.
He said both departments were easy to work with.
Horne was arrested July 13 and charged with one felony county of embezzlement. She was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and released on bail July 15, court records show.
She was scheduled to appear in court today, according to online records with the N.C. Court System.
Since the amount in question is less than $100,000, Horne faces a Class H felony. Amounts more than $100,000 constitute a Class C Felony. If convicted, she faces a range of four to 25 months of incarceration.
Online records with the court system and the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Horne has no other pending charges or past criminal convictions in this state.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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