Mount Jackson woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

Tina Leith

WOODSTOCK — A Mount Jackson woman who was originally facing 19 counts of embezzlement in 2016 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to six embezzlement charges as part of a plea agreement.

Tina Christine Leith, 48, was hired to handle the financial books for James Cannon. For months, Leith was writing checks to herself from Cannon’s account that totaled to $29,650. She pleaded guilty to six checks written within days of each other from April 16 to April 27. The prosecution dropped the other 13 embezzlement charges in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Leith was paid $100 a month to keep the books for Cannon while he drove a tractor trailer, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint also states that Leith told police that she was expecting to receive a large sum of money from a settlement and thought she would have the money back in Cannon’s account before he would notice.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepted the plea agreement, and sentenced Leith to a total of 12 years imprisonment with all except for one year of that sentence suspended. Under the plea agreement, and upon Cannon’s request, Leith is not authorized for any work release during the year she will serve in prison.

She was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, and must pay the $29,650 in restitution to Cannon. Leith must also avoid all contact with Cannon as part of the agreement.