A former museum staffer accused of taking thousands of state dollars faced a judge in Staunton. Friday afternoon was the preliminary hearing for Michael Sutton, 40, of Grottoes.
While the case is moving ahead, details are hard to come by. The hearing took a matter of moments, only long enough for the defense to acknowledge that there is enough evidence for the felony charges to move on to a grand jury.
Mike Sutton is the former marketing director of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. He's charged with 19 felony and misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
The executive director at the state-supported museum says Sutton had been using an official credit card for personal purchases. The amount allegedly added up to roughly $40,000 over a period of at least a year.
Virginia's Office of Public Accounts investigated the case, and state police made the arrest shortly after Sutton was fired in mid-November. Sutton has remained free on bond since his arrest.
A Staunton grand jury will hear the 10 felony charges when it meets on April 15. A district court judge will consider the less-serious counts in May.
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