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Ex-police chief charged with embezzlement in Isle of Wight

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-10 11:15:57-04

Isle of Wight County, Va. – An ex-police chief is now charged with embezzlement in Isle of Wight.

39-year-old Arlis V. Reynolds of Windsor, Virginia turned himself in to Virginia State Police on Tuesday.

Reynolds is now facing one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses.

Both of those charges were handed up by an Isle of Wight County grand jury on Monday, September 8, according to Virginia State Police.

Reynolds has been released on bond.

The charges result from an investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Chesapeake Field Office. The investigation began in October 2013, when the Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney requested that State Police look into allegations made against Reynolds, who at the time was employed by the Town of Windsor as its police chief.

The prosecution in this case is being handled by the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring, and Senior Assistant Attorney General Patrick Dorgan has been appointed to serve as special prosecutor in the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, State Police say.

The one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses stems from Reynolds’ misuse of state grant money intended to supplement police personnel expenses associated with conducting selective traffic enforcement/safety operations. Reynolds was charged with embezzlement for using town property as barter for a personal rent payment, according to officials.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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