Tuesday, April 14, 2009
North Carolina Civil Rights Leader Charged In $400K Embezzlement Case
Claude Barnes, 57, of Greensboro, North Carolina and a civil rights leader and former professor, was charged last week with embezzling some $400,000 from the estate of a Greensboro woman. Barnes is charged with embezzlement, identity theft, conspiracy and obtaining property by false pretense, according to authorities. Court documents reveal that Barnes is alleged to have stolen from the estate of Betty Irene Burton, a neighbor of Barnes on Wiley Lewis Road in Greensboro and for whom Barnes was the executor of Burton’s estate. Barnes is also accused of conspiring with Koretta King, a live-in nurse who cared for Burton, and Andrea Lee Barksdale a neighbor who is alleged to have gained control of Burton's trust fund and Alex Habersham.