RALEIGH — Surry County Commissioner Paul Johnson has been fined $1,000 by the North Carolina Board of Elections. According to a letter from that entity to Johnson, Johnson failed to submit an organizational report and an expense report for his legal expense fund.
Johnson was indicted on four counts of obtaining property under false pretense in early February. The indictments followed an investigation into the expense reports of Johnson and other officials and was conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation.
The indictment alleges that Johnson submitted travel vouchers in conjunction with meetings he either did not attend or rode to with another individual who also submitted a travel voucher. According to Johnson, he is accused of falsely reporting about $4,500 in travel expenses to the county.
Following Johnson’s indictment Roger and Judy Dehart, of Ararat, circulated a letter soliciting monetary contributions for a legal defense fund for Johnson. According to the Board of Elections that fund must be treated much like a public official’s campaign fund, reporting contributions and expenditures on a quarterly basis.
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