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Buncombe County officials won't release gift card purchase records

News 13 made an open records request last month for gift card purchase information. But, county attorney Michael Frue said because those records are part of an ongoing criminal investigation, they won't be released. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

It's what Buncombe County leaders aren't releasing that tells a story.

News 13 made an open records request last month for gift card purchase information. The request was one of many News 13 has made in recent months in connection with an investigation into bonus or incentive payments made to Buncombe County employees.

County attorney Michael Frue said because those records are part of an ongoing criminal investigation, they won't be released.

Federal investigators in August confirmed an ongoing criminal investigation into former Buncombe County manager Wanda Greene. News of the investigation came weeks after Greene retired from the county.

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