Former employee of Va. Beach realty company indicted on fraud charges

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach woman and former employee of the Rose & Womble Realty Company was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for the alleged fraud of over $250,000.

36-year-old Lindsay Kneff was indicted on six counts of mail fraud, one count of falsely altering Postal Service money orders and three counts of engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property.

The indictment says Kneff was working in a managerial position at Rose & Womble’s Virginia Beach office, where she was responsible for overseeing the processing of commissions and accounts payable.

Between January 2014 and August 2015, Kneff allegedly wrote checks on the Rose & Womble account to pay her personal expenses. Prosecutors say Kneff made unauthorized wire transfers into her own accounts and altered Rose & Womble money orders by writing in her own name as the payee, resulting in a $255,147 loss for the company.

If convicted, Kneff faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each of the wire and mail fraud counts, five years on the count charging false alteration of Postal Service money orders, and 10 years on each of the counts for engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property.