DOBSON — A Dobson woman accused of pocketing about $1,200 belonging to Dobson Eagles Little League Cheerleading was indicted Monday on seven counts of embezzlement and felony obstruction of justice.
Sherri Mosley, 39, of Windsor Lane, served as president of the organization when the alleged offenses occurred on dates between Feb. 27, 2015 and July 20, 2015.
The possibility of criminal activity first came to light in October 2015, when Mosley was arrested by Dobson police for allegedly embezzling $164 from the squad.
The continuing investigation was turned over to a prosecutor with the N.C. Conference of District Attorney’s Financial Crimes Initiative.
The specialist, William Scott Harkey, dropped the initial embezzlement charge in December 2015. The dismissal signed by Harkey stated that the prosecution lacked sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution.
Tammy Smith, a resource prosecutor who oversees the financial crimes unit, stated at the time that “the investigation is done and the charges have been dismissed.”
Mosley publicly celebrated her innocence and decried her accusers in a subsequent interview with The News.
But the case had apparently been transferred again, this time to the Iredell County District Attorney’s office.
“Scott Harkey developed a conflict of interest in the matter,” said Smith, who said she could not comment on the nature of the conflict.
Surry County District Attorney Ricky Bowman received word on July 18 from Iredell Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Floyd that indictments would be presented to the Surry County Grand Jury convening August 1.
True bills of indictment returned Monday accuse Mosley of embezzling on seven different occasions in 2015. The amounts ranged from $100 to $300 each time and totaled $1,264.22.
Possibly shedding some light on Harkey’s conflict with the case, the felony obstruction of justice indictment accuses Mosley of “creating and presenting fraudulent receipts and invoices for ATM withdrawals to attempt to cover up her illegal embezzlement from Dobson Eagles Little League Cheerleading,” according to court documents. “After she had been charged with felony embezzlement, the defendant presented these fraudulent receipts and invoices to Assistant District Attorney Scott Harkey for the purpose of dismissal of the felony embezzlement charge.”
Criminal cases typically begin with a warrant issued by the magistrate and are heard in District Court before evidence is submitted to a Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury determines if there is probable cause for the case to be tried in Superior Court, and if so, returns true bills of indictment.
Rarely, cases may be sent directly to the Grand Jury.
Dobson Police Chief Shawn Myers said the Iredell County prosecutor had requested Mosley’s case go straight through to indictment.
“It’s a more clear, easier process instead of going through District Court,” the chief said.
After the dismissal in December, Myers had stated that the case against Mosley remained under investigation.
“Now we’re just waiting for the court process,” he said.
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