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Former Isle of Wight School Board member accused of stealing over $200K from woman appears in court

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-21 10:27:40-04

Isle of Wight Co., Va. - The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office has confirmed former Isle of Wight County School Board member Kent Hildebrand has been arrested for stealing more than $200,000 from an elderly woman over the course of seven years.

Hildebrand's trial continues as the defense continues to look through the many financial documents submitted to the courtroom.

Police say he was arrested Monday night and is facing 15 charges of grand larceny, one charge of identity theft, and one charge of credit card fraud.

On Thursday, he appeared in court. His lawyer says he is pleading not guilty to the charges against him. Detectives say Hildebrand may not be the only one involved.

NewsChannel 3 was the first to tell you about the investigation back in May. Then we spoke to the alleged victim – 80-year-old Carol Jackson.

Kent Hildebrand

Kent Hildebrand

She says Hildebrand manages the mobile home park she lives in and she trusted him with managing her finances. But her at-home nurse and daughter realized something wasn't right and that’s when Jackson said she was missing money.

“It's a good thing I'm disabled in some way because I would go after him,” Jackson told only NewsChannel 3. “I’m hurt because I have never had anybody do that type of trick, but this one really hurt because I had gotten to know him.”

Detectives have been on this case for nearly five months.

Hildebrand is the former Isle of Wight County School Board Chairman. He resigned that position in mid-March of this year. During the course of the investigation, there was no evidence found that any of the transactions in question involved school funds in any way.

Hildebrand is being held in Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond.

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