Bernita Sims turns herself in after felony indictment

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Mayor Bernita Sims turned herself in at the magistrate's office in High Point on Tuesday afternoon.

After Sims turned herself in, there was an apparent issue with paperwork and she was taken to Greensboro. Sims was released by the magistrate on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

She is scheduled to appear in Guilford County Superior Court on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

Sims was indicted on Monday afternoon by a Guilford County grand jury for allegedly writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement, according to Assistant Guilford County Clerk of Court Adrienne Adams.

Sims was indicted on one felony count of passing a worthless check. The charge is a Class H felony due to involving more than $2,000.

The bill of indictment states Sims ”unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did draw, make, utter or issue and deliver to [Annie Ponce]” a check from a First Bank account in High Point that Sims “knew at the time … did not have sufficient funds on deposit with the bank with which to pay the check.”

According to Noelle Talley, N.C. Department of Justice public information officer, the SBI investigated the case and attorneys with the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Division are prosecuting it.

In October, the City Council voted 6-3 asking Sims to resign, citing an investigation into the matter and the mayor’s unpaid state income taxes and a city utility bill delinquency. During that hearing, Sims reiterated she will not resign from office.

“Judge me on my work, judge me on what I do. Don’t judge me on a utility bill that has paid. Don’t judge me on an allegation around a check… that has been paid. Judge me on whether or not we’re doing the work, and I would say we are,” said Mayor Sims.

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