A Waynesboro woman, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 from Stuarts Draft Retirement Community and Christian Homes, was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday.

Kathleen Marshall, 64, was arrested June 3 following her indictment by an Augusta County grand jury on seven counts of embezzlement from her former employer.

Marshall, who had been free on bond, appeared in Augusta County Circuit Court before Judge Paul Dryer. As part of a plea agreement, she received a 10-year prison sentence with seven years suspended. She also is to spend five years on supervised probation upon her release.

In Virginia, an embezzlement conviction can carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kyle Powers, who prosecuted the case, said the plea agreement fell within the state’s sentencing guidelines in the case.

As part of the sentence, Marshall also will be required to make monthly payments as restitution for the money she embezzled. Powers said two months following her release from prison, she must make monthly payments of $1,400 until restitution is paid in full.

Investigators say Marshall, a bookkeeper and 14-year employee of Stuarts Draft Retirement Community, had stolen a total of $465,000 over a seven-year period, starting in January 2012. She was accused of embezzling the money for personal gain.

Previously, Lt. Aaron LeVeck of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were contacted by Stuarts Draft Retirement Community’s owners at the end of January about suspicions that Marshall had been embezzling from the company.

Powers said an audit of the company’s books confirmed that the embezzlement had taken place. During the course of the investigation, Marshall admitted to the crime, he said.

Stuarts Draft Retirement Community offers independent and assisted-living units and apartments in a complex off Patton Farm Road.

Get Breaking News Alerts

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.