A settlement was reached between a local nonprofit and its former director who was charged with embezzlement.
Jesse Carswell initially was charged in January 2017 with embezzling more than $100,000 from Meeting Place Mission, according to a previous News Herald article.
The embezzlement took place from March 5, 2015, to July 27, 2016, the article said.
Police believe Carswell spent tens of thousands of dollars gambling at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino over a 16-month period, the article said.
The settlement was announced in a release from Suzy Fitzgerald, president of the organization’s board of directors.
“We are thankful for the diligence on the part of the district attorney’s staff, the concern of our constituents, and board,” the release said. “The Meeting Place moved past this issue and has not only continued its mission, but grown in programs and services to the betterment of those in need in our community.”
The News Herald asked for the amount of the settlement, but Fitzgerald said that releasing that information would first have to be approved by the organization’s executive committee.
Carswell’s case still is pending in the judicial system, according to an official with the Burke County Clerk of Court’s office.
More information will be published as it becomes available.