Crime & Courts

Union School board member accused of ‘double dipping’ is charged with fraud

Marce Savage, the Union County Board of Education member accused in 2014 of “double dipping” on reimbursements for driving expenses, has been charged with five counts of fraud.
Marce Savage, the Union County Board of Education member accused in 2014 of “double dipping” on reimbursements for driving expenses, has been charged with five counts of fraud.

Marce Savage, the Union County Board of Education member accused last year of “double dipping” on reimbursements for driving expenses, has been charged with fraud.

Savage, 42, was a member of the county’s school board and the North Carolina school board before resigning from both amid the accusations. She was being investigated on suspicion that she filed reimbursements to both boards for the same trips.

On Tuesday, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation announced that Savage was charged with two counts of swearing falsely to official reports and two counts of obtaining repairs and supplies for a private vehicle. The charges are for actions Savage is accused of doing between May 10, 2013, and Sept. 18, 2014.

Savage resigned from the Union County school board in February, after the board said it found 29 problems with her expenses. The disparities allegedly included seeking double or triple mileage reimbursement for one event and seeking reimbursement for an event she apparently did not attend.

The Union County School board detailed problems with Savage’s expenses in November, in what it called “a theft of taxpayer money.” The board said the state expenses at issue total $2,037, and local expenses were an additional $609.

Savage didn’t return a message left on her cell phone Tuesday afternoon. She has previously denied that she acted improperly and claimed the investigation was politically motivated.

In early November, Savage apologized to the local board for submitting mileage to both boards for attending the same meeting in September. Savage later resigned from the state board.

Savage is scheduled to appear in Union County District Court on Sept. 25. Staff writer Adam Bell contributed.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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