Dana Cope, the head of the State Employee’s Association of North Carolina (SEANC) is receiving close scrutiny for what appears to be personal use of member dues. Some highlights from the Charlotte Observer:
In March 2014, the State Employees Association of North Carolina wrote a check for nearly $19,000 to Perspective Concepts LLC, a defunct computer company in Washington, D.C.
But the check was cashed by Perspective Landscape Concepts, a new Apex company that was also working at the home of Dana Cope, SEANC’s executive director.
Cope says the check was for emergency work for irrigation and drainage at the SEANC office.
SEANC’s own files suggest otherwise.
The landscaping bills are one of several spending practices that are being questioned by some former members of SEANC’s executive committee. They question whether Cope has blurred the lines between his personal finances and the finances of an organization largely supported by dues from its members, 55,000 current and retired state employees.
A bill was filed last week to end the state’s payroll deduction processing of SEANC dues.