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Cullowhee Valley librarian faces charge of embezzlement

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:00 pm

Law enforcement officers have charged the media coordinator (librarian) at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School with larceny by an employee.

Patricia Russell Dunford, 45, of Sylva, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 8. She was released from jail that same day after posting a $5,000 bond, according to the Jackson County Clerk of Court office.

The amount of money Dunford allegedly embezzled was not disclosed in court documents.

Jackson County Schools Superintendent Mike Murray said Dunford has been suspended without pay. The media coordinator has been employed by Jackson County Schools for 11 years.

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