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September 11, 2018

PTO president pleads guilty to embezzling $13,000

Kiley Morgan Gonzalez will be sentenced in Fauquier County Circuit Court on seven charges of embezzlement and forgery and uttering.
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A former Grace Miller Elementary School PTO president Tuesday pleaded guilty in Fauquier County Circuit Court to stealing approximately $13,000 from the organization over eight months.

Kiley Morgan Gonzalez, 30, of Bealeton, faced 10 felony counts of embezzlement and five felony counts of forgery and uttering.

Embezzlement carries a penalty of one to 20 years in prison per count; forgery carries a penalty of one to 10 years.

But, as part of a Ms. Gonzalez’s plea agreement, eight embezzlement counts will be dismissed.

Ms. Gonzalez, who will be sentenced on Nov. 13, faces up to 90 years behind bars for the remaining counts.

On April 6, 2018 the PTO’s vice president at the time reported “fraudulent activity regarding” the organization’s bank account, according to the arrest warrant.

“Kiley Gonzalez has made numerous internet bank transfers from the PTO bank account into” her personal bank account, according to the document.

The PTO vice president told investigators she authorized none of those transactions.

Ms. Gonzalez’s indictment shows she embezzled the PTO’s funds and forged and uttered checks between August 2017 and last April, when the organization’s vice president reported her activities to the sheriff’s office.

In two other recent high-profile embezzlement cases:

Margie Susan Ryder of Linden last February pleaded guilty in circuit court to stealing $79,300 from a Warrenton heating and air conditioning service company. Ms. Ryder is serving a two-year prison sentence.

Margaret Ladson McCann in February 2017 pleaded guilty in circuit court to stealing at least $8,802 from the Partnership for Warrenton, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the economic development interests of Old Town that no longer exists.

While Ms. McCann got sentenced to 16 years in jail, the judge suspended all of that time. But, the judge ordered her to make restitution, perform 300 hours of community service and placed her under three years of supervised probation.
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BJ · September 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm
A dollar here, a dollar there. No one will miss it. Keep fooling yourself until those dollars add up to $$$. How can people that do this sleep at night?
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