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Former Carthage police chief and wife face new embezzlement charges

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CARTHAGE — A former Carthage police chief and his wife face several felony charges after being indicted earlier this week.

Chris McKenzie served as the town of Carthage police chief for close to 10 years. Mckenzie and his wife have both been charged on separate counts of embezzlement and larceny by employee.

A grand jury indicted the two on Monday.

Christopher Mckenzie resigned last year. He has been accused of using a town credit card to buy goods for his own use in May of last year. Court documents also say he used a town gasoline key to get gas for his personal car.

Each charge of embezzlement includes a charge of larceny by employee and obtaining property by false pretense. Allison McKenzie's charges come from an alleged theft at a Pinehurst dentist office she worked at for many years.

She is accused of collecting more than $350,000 in cash payments made by patients of Dr. G. R. Horton from 2005 to 2011. Court documents say she also faces charges of larceny by employee and obtaining property oby false pretense.

Christopher McKenzie was police chief in 2009 when Robert Stewart went into the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center and began shooting, killing eight people.

McKenzie resigned days before the end of Stewart's trial last year. The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.

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