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More bank records seized in former sheriff probe

A search warrant in connection with the investigation of former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin was filed Tuesday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

State Police Special Agent W. W. Talbert filed the warrant for a search of a business checking account at Wells Fargo Bank in South Boston from Dec. 1, 2008 to the present in relation to an investigation of embezzlement and embezzlement by a public official.

Wells Fargo deposits and offsets, statements and check/debits associated with the business checking account and dated from Dec. 8, 2008 to Jan. 23, 2012 were confiscated in the search, according to the search inventory.

Documentation accompanying the search warrant stated Talbert initiated the investigation on Oct. 11, 2011 at the request of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, which revealed the fact that “certain 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 Noblin for use in narcotics enforcement.”

Sheriff Noblin requested the funds on sheriff’s office letterhead in increments between $4,000 and $8,000 between May 4, 2009 and March 8, 2011.

Funds from the sheriff’s office safe, located next to Sheriff Noblin’s office, in the beginning of January, 2008 equaled $30,180.50, consisting of two cashier’s checks in the amounts of $13,846.40 and $4,849.10 and cash from the safe equaling $11,485. 

A review of Wachovia accounts reveals the two cashier’s checks were deposited in the sheriff’s office Wachovia business savings account.

A total of $13,695 was removed from the savings account and deposited in the sheriff’s office Wachovia non-profit checking account, and a check in the amount of $13,695 was provided from the checking account payable to the Halifax County Sheriff along with $5,000 cash totaling $18,695, according to the affidavit.

Noblin has been under investigation by Virginia State Police since October 2011 for allegations of embezzling or misusing asset forfeiture funds, but Noblin to date has not been charged or indicted in connection with the investigation.

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.

A telephone call to Cooke had not been returned as of press time Tuesday.