FRONT ROYAL - Jennifer McDonald, former executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, has been indicted on eight additional felony counts of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretenses, according to online Warren County Circuit Court records.
The charges include six felony counts of embezzlement that occurred between September 2016 and December 2016 and two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses that occurred in November 2017 and April 2017.
McDonald was indicted and arrested May 23 on two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and two felony counts of embezzlement. She now stands charged on 12 total felony indictments and is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Detention Center.
She served as the EDA’s executive director for about a decade, resigning December 20, two months after the firm Cherry Bekaert was commissioned to perform a study of the EDA’s finances.
The findings of Cherry Bekaert’s study resulted in the EDA filing a $17.6 million lawsuit against McDonald and eight other defendants. A report detailing those findings describes a litany of embezzlement allegations involving a myriad of EDA projects including the Afton Inn renovations, a workforce housing project and the New Markets Tax Credit program. The report also alleges that McDonald used town and county credit lines for personal land purchases and to make payments to relatives.
A court date for the new charges is not yet posted on the circuit court’s website, but McDonald is due July 15 in Circuit Court for the previous four charges.