Michele Reapsmith, the former Harrisburg Town Administrator, made her first court appearance March 19, 2012 facing charges of obtaining property by false pretenses. Ms. Reapsmith is charged with obtaining more than $40,000 by false pretenses. She faces three felony counts.
Ms. Reapsmith worked as Harrisburg's finance director and as the town administrator since 2010. The Cabarrus County Sherrif's Office and the SBI investigations indicate Ms. Reapsmith's illegal activity occurred as early as 2009 when she was first hired. The investigations allegedly revealed that she used the town's payroll system to obtain more than her annual salary. Following investigations, the town opted not to renew Ms. Reapsmith's contract.