The Rhino reports both the FBI and the IRS are investigating Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox:
The questions being asked by federal authorities revolve largely around three deals Fox was at the center of: the $6.9 million purchase by the county of a building at 325 E. Russell Ave. in High Point; another real estate deal Fox made with High Point real estate agent Dian Brigman, now deceased; and a 2008 deal Fox made with Wachovia Bank for a $5.1 million loan used by Guilford County to buy the BB&T building in downtown Greensboro when Fox was the county’s finance director.
Former Commissioner Steve Arnold is caught up in this, too, although the article doesn’t say he’s part of a formal investigation. Retired county property manager David Grantham said that when the IRS and the FBI questioned him, they “were very interested in Brenda Fox as to her role, and Steve Arnold’s role, in the county’s purchase of the DSS building in High Point.”
According to the Rhino, commissioners “had already voted to build a new DSS building on the county’s campus in downtown High Point – and had already paid an architect about $40,000 to begin the project, but Arnold pushed hard for the county to reverse its prior decision and instead purchase a building from his close business associate.”
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