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Grand jury indicts Frost on 11 counts of fraud
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 22:42

From Staff Reports

A federal grand jury on July 16 afternoon  in Asheville indicted Ellen Frost, a former Buncombe County commissioner, on 11 counts of fraud, Asheville television station WLOS News 13 reported that evening.

Specifically, the grand jury charged Frost, 64, “with conspiracy to commit federal program fraud, federal program fraud and mail fraud for her involvement in a scheme to use more than $575,000 in Buncombe County funds to sponsor equestrian activities in North Carolina and Florida, Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said,” WLOS’s story stated.

The charges were filed after “a two-year federal investigation into the kickback scheme and misuse of Buncombe County public funds investigation that involved former Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene,” WLOS reported.

Frost’s indictment has occurred as a federal judge “prepares to sentence former top Buncombe County leaders Mandy Stone and Jon Creighton, along with former county contractor Joseph Wiseman and former county employee Michael Greene, in August,” the TV station noted.

A sentencing date was also scheduled for former Buncombe’s long-time county manager, Wanda Greene, “but her attorney has asked, in a sealed motion, that her sentencing be rescheduled for a later date,” WLOS said.

Frost’s attorney, Anthony G. Scheer, told the station that they are still reviewing the allegations against the former commissioner. “Ellen has a long history as a very fine public servant for Buncombe County. She is highly respected on both ends of the political spectrum. I ask people keep an open mind as they read the indictment. It’s not like her to cheat people, and she didn’t cheat the taxpayers of Buncombe County,” Scheer said.


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