Dana Cope, former director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC), was recently indicted by a Wake County grand jury on two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Cope allegedly used the association’s credit cards to pay for personal items such as clothing, electronic games and equipment, plastic surgery, massages, home renovations, vacations, appliances and hotel rooms. The total charges for these purchases amounted to $457,500.52. The indictment also accused Cope of submitting fake invoices totaling $113,346.05 to pay for vacations, flying lessons and landscaping.
Cope was director of SEANC when delegates of the 55,000 member organization voted overwhelmingly (524 out of 671 delegates) at their convention in May, 2008, to be officially affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As a result of this affiliation, the group is known as SEANC, SEIU Local 2008. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents nearly 1.9 million employees in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. This union is focused on organizing employees in hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, local and state governments and employees in services industries such custodians, security officers and food service workers.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was asked by Wake County’s district attorney in February, 2015 to investigate questionable spending at SEANC. One such irregularity was a $19,000 check paid to a Washington, DC computer company that was reported to be cashed by an Apex landscaping company that performed work at Cope’s home. Cope resigned shortly after this request.
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