Former Employee of Fishersville Nonprofit Accused of Embezzlement
A Waynesboro woman is accused of bilking a nonprofit group out of nearly $50,000.
Felicia Gutshall Roberts, 32, is accused of embezzling between $40,000 and $50,000 from the Virginia Angus Association (VAA) in Fishersville. The VAA oversees the breeding, show and sale of Angus cattle statewide.
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says the suspect left the state when she caught wind of the investigation, but she's now in custody.
Friday morning, authorities in Apache County Arizona arrested Roberts on a felony charge of embezzlement. After consulting with the commonwealth's attorney's office, deputies say they plan to extradite her back to Augusta County.
The sheriff's office says this is a continuing investigation and more charges are possible. Investigators say Roberts used association credit cards to make personal purchases over the past two to three years.
"She paid for trips to Arizona with their money. She paid for her electric at her own house. Every week she'd go and buy groceries for her house, restaurants, you name it," said J.D. Wells, with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office says Roberts also gave herself double paychecks for the last seven weeks that she worked for the VAA.
Investigators say the troubles came to light when Roberts planned a move to Florida, and turned over the accounting books. Soon after, the VAAs secretary uncovered the alleged embezzlement.
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