Former Halifax Co. Sheriff Indicted on 21 Counts of Forgery & Embezzlement
Halifax Co., VA - Former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin has been indicted on 21 counts of forgery and embezzlement.
Noblin has been indicted on seven counts of embezzlement - of more than $200 and 14 counts of forging public records.
The allegations of Noblin misusing funds first surfaced during the 2011 election for sheriff.
State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli approved an investigation into the former sheriff. That investigation, and the resulting indictments, allege that Noblin forged public records and embezzled property between the years of 2008 and 2011.
Noblin gave a statement to ABC 13 in October saying that he and the rest of the sheriff's office would cooperate with an investigation.
That was just before the election for sheriff. He was defeated for re-election in November of 2011 by current Sheriff Fred Clark.
Right now, the affidavits in the investigation show excess of $100,000 cannot be accounted for.
While the accusations are damning, many in the community have decided not to judge Noblin until all of the evidence has been presented.
"I'm not saying the man is guilty or innocent. I'm just saying we need to wait. The people around need to wait until we have a trial and bring all the facts out," said James Claiborne, a Halifax County resident.
Current Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Noblin also could not be reached for comment.