Update: Former Albemarle Court Clerk Indicted on Embezzlement Charge
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
UPDATE 06/05/2014: According to Virginia State Police, Awkard turned herself in to state police on June 5. Awkard was released on her own recognizance.
ORIGINAL: A former Albemarle County Circuit Court deputy clerk will face a judge, from the other side of the bench. Dayna Awkard is charged with felony embezzlement.
Awkard, tasked with keeping track of court records in Albemarle County, is now accused of taking money from taxpayers since 2009. A grand jury indicted her Monday.
She is no longer employed with the court. According to current Albemarle County Circuit Court Clerk Debra Shipp, Awkard resigned in March after he police investigation began. Shipp says she notified auditors and state police in early March when she discovered case files were missing receipts.
A special prosecutor, Henrico County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David Stock, claims Awkard pocketed cash payments for 180 civil files, including name changes and divorces. She's accused of taking nearly $14,000 over the past five years.
"It really has been a heartache to not only me but to the other employees here that have worked with her over the years and a big disappointment," Shipp said. "The lack of trust - once you lose that, that's an asset that cannot be replaced."
A judge issued a capias for Awkard's arrest Wednesday morning, and the special prosecutor from Henrico County says Awkard is expected to turn herself into police Thursday.
If convicted, Awkard faces up to 20 years behind bars.
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