Woman faces 19 embezzlement counts

Tina Leith

WOODSTOCK – A Mount Jackson woman has been charged with 19 counts of embezzlement after an investigation into checks she wrote on the account of a man who had hired her as a bookkeeper.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said the defendant, Tina Christine Leith, 45, of 14361 Senedo Road, wrote checks to herself between April 16 and July 14. Court documents identify the victim as James Cannon Jr., who reported the alleged embezzlement to Deputy J.S. Cowgill on Sept. 4

“Mr. Cannon hired Ms. Leith to keep his books while he was driving a tractor and trailer,” Investigator Paul Taylor of the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Cannon normally paid Leith $100 a month, the complaint states.

“He reported she had written 19 checks to herself so they were made payable to Tina Leith,” Proctor said, adding that the checks totaled about $29,000 and were written without Cannon’s permission.

Deputies arrested Leith on Friday without incident. She has been released from custody on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

The criminal complaint states that when Taylor asked Leith about the checks she allegedly wrote on Cannon’s account, she replied “she was hoping she could get money from a settlement and have the money back in his account before he noticed it missing.”

Leith is scheduled to appear in General District Court at 9 a.m. Feb. 26.

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