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UPDATE: Former sheriff turns himself in Thursday night

Former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin, indicted Tuesday on 21 felony charges for embezzlement and forgery, turned himself in to State Police Thursday night and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

An arraignment hearing has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 27.

A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury indicted Noblin Tuesday on 14 charges of forgery of a public record and seven charges of embezzlement.

Noblin faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 10 years in prison plus a fine of up to $100,000 for each forgery charge if convicted.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 for each embezzlement charge if convicted.
The indictments came after a yearlong investigation by Virginia State Police and Special Agent Accountant William Talbert Jr.
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.

During the course of the investigation, search warrants for bank accounts belonging to Noblin in several area banks were executed.

A search warrant also was executed at the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at the beginning of the investigation.
According to affidavits filed by Talbert, funds totaling $113,180.50 are unaccounted for.