Former Rockfish Community Center Manager Sentenced for Embezzlement
Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Press Release
This afternoon in Nelson County Circuit Court, former Rockfish Community Center Manager, Arron Scott Messer, was sentenced on 3 felony counts of forging a check and 1 count of felony embezzlement.
Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Gamble sentenced Messer to 5 years in the state penitentiary on each of the 4 felony charges for a total of 20 years. Gamble suspended 19 years of the sentence and directed that he actively serve 1 year in prison.
After his release from jail, Messer will be on probation for 20 years. If he violates the terms of his probation, then he would be brought back to the court where he would possibly have to serve some, or all, of the 19-year suspended sentence. Messer has also been barred from the Rockfish Community Center property.
On May 10, 2012, Inv. William Mays of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office began an investigation of Messer after the Community Center's Treasurer found out that his signature had been forged on three checks drawn on the Community Center's account made payable to Messer who had recently been hired by them. All 3 checks were cashed at Wells Fargo Bank in Nellysford; however, the treasurer had no knowledge of the checks and did not authorize Messer to handle any of the center's funds.
When questioned about the checks, Messer admitted to Inv. William Mays that he had made the checks out to himself; forged the treasurer's name on them; and cashed them at Wells Fargo. The 3 checks all together totaled $2,500.00.
Messer, who has been held in jail without bond on these matters since his arrest in May, pleaded guilty on October 30, 2012.