FRONT ROYAL – Jennifer McDonald, the former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority executive director, was arrested Friday night on two felony counts of fraud and two felony counts of embezzlement, according to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s website.
McDonald was arrested by the Virginia State Police at 7:20 p.m. Friday and is being held without bond, according to the jail’s website.
The arrest comes after the EDA on March 26 filed a $17.6 million civil embezzlement lawsuit against McDonald, developer Curt Tran, former Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron, Donald Poe, Justin Appleton and limited liability companies associated with those individuals.
The alleged embezzlement that the lawsuit outlines involves ITFederal, the EDA’s workforce housing project, a solar energy project and more.
The day after the civil suit was filed, Warren County Circuit Court Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. impaneled a special grand jury to investigate the EDA, the Town of Front Royal, Warren County, the Warren County Public Schools and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, several individuals associated with the case were seen in the courthouse waiting to be questioned by the special grand jury.