Fmr. police chief pleads guilty to embezzling town funds

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The former police chief of Windsor pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor offenses related to embezzling town funds.

Arlis Victor Reynolds, 39, was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine, according to Isle of Wight County Circuit Court Clerk Sharon Jones. A judge also suspended a 12-month prison term, as long as Reynolds has two years of good behavior.

Reynolds was fired suddenly in December 2013 and indicted of two felonies nine months later: obtaining money under false pretenses and embezzlement. He was accused of using town property to make a deal for a personal rent payment, and for misusing state grant money intended to supplement police personnel expenses.

As part of Reynolds plea deal, the two felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors.

After Reynolds was indicted last fall, 10 On Your Side spoke with his attorney, John Randall. Randall said his client was maintaining his innocence: “We believe that the evidence will clearly show that’s he’s not guilty of the two indictments,” Randall told WAVY.com in September 2014.

Randall confirmed Reynolds was working as a comedian, after losing his job with the Town of Windsor.

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