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Fourth bank searched in former Halifax County sheriff probe

 

Virginia State Police investigators have searched for records in a fourth area bank as part of an investigation of former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin, according to records in Halifax County Circuit Court.

According to the search warrant filed Jan. 19 in Circuit Court, state police investigators searched American National Bank on Old Halifax Road in South Boston on Jan. 12 for accounts associated with Noblin from the dates Jan. 1, 2008 to the present.

 

Investigators searched for checks (front and back), items of deposit, deposit slips, signature card(s), bank statements and ATM/debit/credit card transactions directly associated with accounts held by Noblin.

State Police confiscated American National Bank records for Halifax County Sheriff’s Office petty cash and Lifesaver accounts and Noblin for Sheriff accounts, dating from Jan. 1, 2008 to the present.

Three other area banks, Benchmark Community Bank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America had earlier received search warrants from Virginia State Police in reference to the investigation of Noblin.

The former sheriff is under investigation for embezzlement of funds intended for use in crime and drug investigations, according to court records.

Affidavits filed by Virginia State Police Special Agent W.W. Talbert stated funds totaling $113,180.50 are unaccounted for, including funds requested for and allocated to Noblin from the Asset Forfeiture Fund and the Drug Task Force Fund.

According to Talbert, his investigation has revealed monies totaling approximately $48,500 from the Halifax County State Asset Forfeiture Fund and $34,500 from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force Fund were requested by and allocated directly to then-Sheriff Noblin for use in narcotics enforcement.

Talbert said in his affidavit there is no record in ledgers or bank statements received by him, which account for the use of $83,000 requested by Noblin for narcotics enforcement.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II authorized an investigation of Noblin, then Halifax County Sheriff, in September, following the appointment of a special prosecutor, Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke.

Talbert initiated the investigation Oct. 11 at the request of Cuccinelli.

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