Everette-Oates pleads not guilty to embezzlement charges

By Darla Slipke

Staff Writer

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TARBORO – Outgoing Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 17 counts of embezzlement by a public officer.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Milton Fitch tentatively set a trial date for March 10. Everette-Oates was arrested in August on 17 counts of embezzlement by a public officer and released on a $7,500 unsecured bond. She is accused of using a town credit card to make questionable purchases totaling more than $5,600 between August 2010 and January 2012.

Everette-Oates appeared Tuesday morning in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro. She said afterward that she is not guilty of any of the charges.

“Everything I’ve done was Princeville related,” Everette-Oates said.

Everette-Oates was elected mayor of Princeville in 2009, but she lost a bid for re-election in a four-way race last month. She previously served as mayor of Princeville from 2002 until 2006. Princeville mayor-elect Bobbie Jones is scheduled to take the oath of office Monday night.