nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe | Special Sections


Local News arrow Agency on Aging arrow Courts & Legal News arrow Joe Beck

| 0

Prosecutor: Former SAAA head planning guilty plea


By Joe Beck

The former chief executive officer of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to embezzlement, Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden said Monday.

Madden said he reached an agreement with Cockrell's defense attorney Friday. Madden refused to say, which, if any one of the four felony embezzlement charges against Cockrell would be dropped as part of the plea agreement.

The agreement requires approval from Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp.

"We'll present it in court tomorrow and see if the judge agrees and go from there," Madden said on Monday.

Cockrell's case was scheduled for a two-day jury trial Monday that was called off after the plea agreement was reached. She pleaded not guilty to all four embezzlement counts in early June.

A grand jury indicted Cockrell on April 1 after a lengthy investigation by the Virginia State Police into her role in a financial scandal that rocked the agency for more than a year and at times threatened its survival.

The indictments list the dates of Cockrell's alleged offenses as July 8, 2010; Aug. 24, 2010; May 20, 2011 through June 14, 2011 and June 22, 2011 through June 25, 2011.

The board of directors fired Cockrell and two other agency executives in early September 2011 after staff members called attention to dozens of unmailed checks in the agency's Front Royal headquarters.

Cash flow problems in subsequent months led the agency to cut staff and the pay of remaining employees as bills from lawyers and accountants piled up. Several major fund-raising initiatives were launched, including selling raffle tickets for an SUV used by Cockrell during her tenure as head of the agency.

At one point, the board accepted an offer from staff members to pay 20 percent of their insurance premiums to stabilize the agency's finances.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.

Comments

Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.













Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review




News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
2013 Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com