Former NC employees association leader released on bond

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The former director of a North Carolina government employees union is free on bond after turning himself in following his indictment on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Local media outlets report Dana Cope turned himself in Tuesday at the Wake County Detention Center. He was accompanied by his wife, Melinda, and attorney Roger Smith Jr.

Cope was released about four hours later after posting a $200,000 bond.

The indictment accuses Cope of using credit cards issued by the State Employees Association of North Carolina to pay for unauthorized personal expenses totaling $457,500, including electronic games, jewelry, vacations, massages and plastic surgery. Cope also submitted false invoices and made requests to the union to get checks to pay another $113,350 for items such as flying lessons and landscaping.