Va. woman pleads guilty to embezzlement from community college bookstore

(Delmarva Now) -- A Melfa woman who worked at the  Eastern Shore Community College bookstore has pleaded guilty to embezzlement of nearly $10,000 from the store in an Accomack County court.

Tenisha Small ran the store, which was operated by an external vendor, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan.

When a company representative made a site visit in September 2016, he noted that the deposits did not match the revenue, which is highest that month because of the beginning of the school year, the court heard.

When he asked the defendant about the disparity, she told him she had been robbed the week before, Morgan said. 

She told him the robber passed her two notes, according to court testimony. The first asked for all the money in the safe and the second said, “I know where your mother lives.” 

The representative called the sheriff’s department. Examination of store’s video showed no robbery had taken place.

After that, Small changed her story, the court heard. She said she took the money out of the safe to take it to the bank and her car broke down on the way. Several people stopped to help her and after they left, she realized the money was no longer in her car.

Morgan called Small’s stories “rather fantastic and wholly unbelievable.” 

The amount of missing money was $9922.72. 

Defense attorney Paul Watson told the court that $2,000 of that amount was paid back  when she used a debit card in the clerk’s office that day.

Morgan agreed that the defendant may remain on bond so she can continue to make restitution.

Judge W. Revell Lewis III ordered a presentence investigation report be prepared. 

 

Delmarva Now


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