Ex-bookkeeper at York County school facing felony embezzlement charges

Charlene Flood-Liggon. Photo Courtesy: Newport News Police.

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A former bookkeeper at a York County high school is facing felony embezzlement charges related to an ongoing investigation.

Charlene Flood-Liggon, 53, is facing five counts of felony embezzlement and a misdemeanor embezzlement charge.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office on Friday noted that it had been investigating a report of embezzlement involving the bookkeeper at Bruton High School since mid-June.

According to the sheriff’s office, the embezzlement happened between December of 2011 and May of 2016, and involved the theft of several thousand dollars.

Katherine Goff with the York County School Division tells 10 On Your Side Flood-Liggon was employed with the division from August of 2004 to June of this year — and most recently as financial secretary.

In a job description on the York County School Division’s website, a financial secretary’s duties included clerical work and book keeping with minimum supervision.

Goff says the school division has been working closely with the sheriff’s office on the investigation.

The division released a statement regarding Flood-Liggon’s investigation:

“Our community places their trust in our schools and our school staff,” said Superintendent Victor Shandor, Ed.D. “For a school employee to use school activity funds for personal gain is absolutely unacceptable. The division is committed to thoroughly investigating any allegations of staff misconduct and will take appropriate disciplinary measures, up to and including termination and possible criminal sanctions.”

The sheriff’s office says more charges may be pending.

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