Commissioner Jon Barber Will Appear in Court Wednesday to Face A Charge of Misdemeanor Larceny

Rowan Free Press

RFP Staff

♦ Rowan County commissioner Jon Barber’s troubles with the law and alcohol continue to mount.  After a lengthy investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), Jon Barber will now be charged with misdemeanor larceny for using a county copy machine to make thousands of personal copies for his “My Farm Fresh” business and other “non profit” entities.

A summons to appear in court was served Tuesday.  He will appear in court today Wednesday. Will he enter a guilty plea to misdemeanor larceny?

D.A. Brandy Cook handed over Jon Barber’s CopyGate case to a special prosecutor’s program called the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys Financial Crimes Initiative to handle such allegations.  Later the case was sent forward to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) where it eventually wound up with SBI agent Hal F. Askins.

The county commissioners reported confronting Barber in a closed session in January 2013 about his misuse of the…

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