14 GOP Lawmakers In Virginia Have Just Been Indicted On Charges Of Embezzlement
A new report revealed this week that a grand jury indicted all of Warren County’s top government officials on charges of misfeasance as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of embezzlement and money laundering inside the local economic development authority.
According to Richmond, among those 14 people who were indicted, “were County Executive Douglas Stanley and all five members of the county’s Board of Supervisors: Chairman Daniel Murray, R-North River; Tony Carter, R-Happy Creek; Tom Sayre, R-Shenandoah; Archie Fox, R-Fork; and Linda Glavis, R-South River.”
The report states:
Former Warren Supervisor Ron Llewellyn, who was also indicted, said the charges stem from allegations that local officials did not react quickly enough to suspicions that Jennifer McDonald, a former director of the economic development authority, was embezzling $21 million in agency money.
McDonald has been charged with 28 felony counts in that investigation, which, among other things, alleges that she doctored invoices to steer money into bank accounts that she controlled in a scheme to enrich herself, her friends and her family.
“I don’t know how we could have acted any faster,” said Llewellyn, who served on the board of the economic authority when McDonald’s alleged crimes occurred.
“I don’t know how we should have known earlier,” Llewellyn added. “The accountants are supposed to do their job. Am I supposed to go and ask them if I can review their books and their auditing positions? I’m not in a position where I would understand it if I saw it.”
Activists were happy to see that people are being charged for their crimes. Many of them argued that McDonald couldn’t have pulled off her alleged crimes without help from inside the county government, said Tuesday’s indictment proves there is more to investigate.
“Somebody is finally listening,” said Melanie Salins, a member of a community watchdog group called the Warren County Coalition. “It’s not every day that your entire government gets arrested. It’s so shameful.”