FRONT ROYAL – Former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jennifer McDonald, her husband Samuel North, former B&G Goods owner William Lambert and businessman Donald Poe were all arrested Friday evening, according to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional jail’s website.

The arrests came as the special grand jury investigating potential embezzlement and misappropriations within the EDA and other local government agencies convened three times this week.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the jail’s website states that McDonald was arrested on six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, three counts of larceny, and five felony counts of money laundering or “financial transaction” and “proceeds from known felony activity,” according to the jail’s website. She was previously charged by the special grand jury on 14 felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and embezzlement, bringing her total charges up to 28.

Poe was arrested on a felony count of money laundering or “financial transaction, proceeds from known felony activity,” according to the jail’s website. He was previously charged on two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of perjury.

North was arrested on two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of money laundering or “financial transaction, proceeds from known felony activity,” according to the jail’s website. The jail’s website states that North was booked into the jail at 5:25 p.m. Friday.

Lambert was arrested on two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of money laundering “financial transactions, proceeds from known felony activity,” according to the jail’s website. He was booked into the jail at 7:36 p.m. Friday.

According to previous reports, Poe is the owner of Earth Right Energy Solar-Commercial LLC. According to a report by Cherry Bekaert — the firm that investigated the EDA’s finances — Earthy Right Energy allegedly obtained money from the EDA for solar panel installation work that was never completed.

Poe was booked into the jail at 6:31 p.m. and McDonald at 6: 22 p.m. on Friday.

According to previous reports, the Cherry Bekaert report states that the EDA’s QuickBooks accounting program revealed that apparent untraceable payments were made to North Plumbing.

That report by Cherry Bekaert also states that McDonald made “multiple questionable payments” that were “unknown and unauthorized” by the EDA board and “largely recorded as maintenance expenses” to family members.

The report further states that North received $66,205 from 2001-2015 and that total payments to relatives of McDonald totaled $457,000 over 18 years.

Regarding the former B&G Goods Store, the Cherry Bekaert report states that McDonald, Poe, Lambert and Missy Henry — who was previously arrested on felony counts of embezzlement — allegedly colluded to acquire  the Main Street building that housed the store.

The jail’s website states that all four are being held without bond.

– Contact Josh Gully at jgully@nvdaily.com