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Embezzlement trial of former Coeburn official rescheduled

January 30th, 2014 9:48 pm by Stephen Igo

Embezzlement trial of former Coeburn official rescheduled

WISE — The trial of a former Coeburn town manager accused of embezzling funds from a town recreation facility has been rescheduled for May 8, Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Elkins confirmed on Thursday.

In two separate indictments last year, Loretta Mays was charged on 135 counts of allegedly stealing funds from Lay’s Hardware Center for the Arts, a former hardware store turned into a recreation and community center as well as traditional mountain music tourism venue.

The Virginia State Police is still in the process of conducting an audit of the town’s financial books, Elkins said earlier this week, addressing the possibility of a continuance of the trial date, originally set to begin this week.

Last year authorities said the alleged Lay’s Hardware embezzlement totaled over $30,000. 

The first indictment by a Wise County grand jury included 33 counts of forgery, 33 counts of uttering, 30 counts of felony embezzlement and three counts of misdemeanor embezzlement.

The second indictment charged 11 counts of forgery, 11 counts of uttering, 10 counts of felony embezzlement, one count of identity fraud, one count of attempted uttering, and one count of attempted embezzlement.

Mays began her tenure as Coeburn town manager in 2006.

 In late 2012, Coeburn Town Council changed her status to interim town manager, then removed her from the post early last year while a VSP investigation into potential illicit conduct was under way.

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