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Former sheriff retains lawyer in embezzlement case

Altavista attorney Glenn L. Berger will represent former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin when Noblin appears in Halifax County Circuit Court on 21 embezzlement and forgery charges.

 

Noblin did not appear in court Tuesday morning for an appointment of attorney, rather the circuit court clerk’s office received a letter from Berger late Monday afternoon notifying the court he had been retained as Noblin’s attorney.

In his letter, Berger advised the court he would be representing Noblin on the 21 charges and that Noblin waives further advisement.

A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury returned 21 felony indictments Nov. 12 against Noblin, 14 for forgery of a public record and seven for embezzlement.

The 14 forgery charges cover dates from April 30, 2009 to March 3, 2011, and the seven embezzlement charges cover dates from Nov. 13, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2011.

The indictments came after a yearlong investigation by Virginia State Police and Special Agent Accountant William Talbert Jr.

According to affidavits filed by Talbert, funds totaling $113,180.50 are unaccounted for.

Noblin had been under investigation by Virginia State Police since October 2011 for allegations of embezzling or misusing asset forfeiture funds.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli authorized the investigation of Noblin acting on a request from Substitute Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric A. Cooke of Southampton County.

Cooke was appointed to prosecute the case when then-Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White recused herself from the investigation.

No court date has been set.