- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in New Hanover County say a Department of Social Services worker has been arrested and charged with 11 counts of embezzlement.

New Hanover County spokeswoman Ruth Smith told local media outlets that 51-year-old Angelina Bernard allegedly funneled funds from her office to a fictitious company she created that was to provide tutoring and mentoring services to students.

Arrest warrants say that between January 2013 and Nov. 10, 2015, Bernard allegedly transferred money in amounts ranging between $200 and $1,600 at least 11 times for a total of $8,600.

Bernard is a community services coordinator. Smith said she has been placed on investigatory leave, during which time she will be paid.

Bernard was arrested Tuesday.

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