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Former Harbor employee indicted on embezzlement charges

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SMITHFIELD — A Johnston County grand jury indicted former Harbor employee Rhonda Miles was indicted June 3 on several felony charges related to her alleged theft of Harbor’s money.

Miles is alleged to have embezzled more than $19,000 from the nonprofit domestic and sexual abuse agency while employed as director of operations.

Harbor Executive Director Kay Johnson said the agency’s staff remains shocked and disappointed, but the indictment reassures them that justice will prevail for the victims of domestic violence they serve.

“Our organization had financial safeguards and monitoring in place, but this person knew how to circumvent them and took advantage,” said Johnson.

Johnson said she noticed the anomalies and immediately notified Harbor’s board members and took steps and, for the past year and a half, worked with authorities as they investigated, charged and arrested Miles.

As Johnston County’s only nonprofit agency providing support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Harbor weathered Hurricane Matthew.

Johnson had just successfully brought Harbor back on its feet after devastating flooding at the new shelter when she was suddenly submerged in what she described as “this nightmarish betrayal.”

“Those who steal from charity must be held responsible — especially in this case, where it was equivalent to stealing from women and children in crisis,” said Johnson, who said she remained compassionate despite the betrayal.

“To the gracious supporters who have stood by our mission during this difficult ordeal, we want you to know we deeply appreciate the continued support of Harbor’s donors,” said Johnson. “We’re confident our team of highly credentialed and experienced staff and volunteers will continue to provide support and safe haven to more than 3,000 women and children in need every year.”