STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia woman has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $93,000 from the construction company where she once managed the books, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
Vanessa Cline, 32, of Stafford, was charged with five counts of embezzlement, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering (using a forged document).
"The [owner of No Limits Construction] told the detective that he had been contacted by his credit card company informing him that one of his accounts was going to be closed due to lack of payment," a Stafford County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.
The company's owner then looked into the issue and made the startling discovery.
The investigation determined the company's former bookkeeper had made numerous unauthorized personal purchases including:
- $25,000 - wedding planner
- $7,200 - buttocks lift surgery by Elite Plastic Surgery in Miami
- $2,000 - wedding dress
Cline also used the company's credit card to buy clothing, perfume, household furniture, plane tickets and an ATV, according to investigators.
In addition to the unauthorized purchases, investigators said Cline forged five checks totaling nearly $10,000.
"[Cline] had replaced another former bookkeeper for the company who pleaded guilty to charges last year after embezzling at least $150,000 from the company between January 2016 and January 2018," the sheriff's spokesperson said.
Cline was booked in Rappahannock Regional Jail on an $8,000 bond.