Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. turned himself in to authorities Thursday after he was accused of misusing town and state money.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper office charged Orndorff on Thursday with four counts of food-stamp fraud and two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, all misdemeanors, Public Information Officer Sgt. Brent Coffey states in a media release.
A grand jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court handed up indictments Wednesday charging Orndorff, 55, of Strasburg, with the six counts. Judge Kevin C. Black issued a warrant for Orndorff’s arrest on the charges. Orndorff appeared at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where a magistrate processed and granted his release.
The Virginia Attorney General’s Office gave state police the green light to investigate allegations related to Orndorff’s use of town funds and a state-issued debit card, Coffey explained in the release. The investigation began March 15 but remains ongoing even after Orndorff’s indictment. Coffey said in an email he would release no more information at this time.
Authorities sought direct indictments against Orndorff, thereby skipping the usual process that begins in a lower court and limiting the amount of information available to the public such as those often found in a criminal complaint.
The indictments charge Orndorff with obtaining less than $500 under false pretenses from Strasburg between July 31, 2017, and Aug. 3, 2017; and between Sept. 19, 2018, and Sept. 20, 2018.
The indictments also charge Orndorff with welfare fraud related to food stamps or electronic benefit transfer cards on July 13 and July 25, 2017, and twice on Sept. 18, 2018.
In an email sent late Wednesday night to the Northern Virginia Daily, Orndorff referred all questions to his attorney.
Orndorff also stands charged in Shenandoah County General District Court with driving under the influence as a second offense within five years and operating an all-terrain vehicle on a public highway related to an incident during the town’s Mayfest event in May. Orndorff is scheduled to appear in the district court Nov. 19.
Winchester attorney Phillip S. Griffin II represents Orndorff on the two driving charges. Griffin would not comment when contacted Wednesday.