Former East Spencer assistant fire chief charged with embezzlement

Published 12:41 am Wednesday, October 31, 2018

EAST SPENCER — A former assistant chief of the East Spencer Fire Department was charged Monday with felony embezzlement, according to an arrest warrant by the State Bureau of Investigation.

The warrant says Teon Robinson, 28, did “embezzle and corruptly use and misapply the town credit card by making fraudulent transactions” from June 1 to July 31.

Robinson was jailed under a $5,100 secured bond and remains in the Rowan County Detention Center.

The warrant did not say how much is alleged to have been taken or what the money was spent on.

Town Administrator F.E. Isenhour said he had no comment other than the case is a personnel and legal matter.

Isenhour confirmed that Robinson was a town employee until early September. He began as assistant chief in late 2017.

Robinson unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2017 against incumbent and current Mayor Barbara Mallett.

The Post reached out to Mallett for comment but did not receive a response.

According to his candidate profile from the 2017 campaign, Robinson is the owner of the Robinson Group, a consulting firm specializing in program management for construction.

Robinson is expected in court today for a first-appearance hearing.