Woman Pleads Guilty to Financial Crimes

Woman Pleads Guilty to Financial Crimes

A 23-year-old Centreville woman charged with embezzling from her employer pleaded guilty Monday to three financial crimes. She is Wendy Rae Hunt of 14223 St. Germain Drive, No. 104.

Employed by Creative World Learning Center in Annandale since August, she was in charge of making deposits. However, according to Fairfax County police, investigation revealed that Hunt did not make certain cash and check deposits into the business' bank account.

Furthermore, she also forged some company checks, made them payable to herself — forging the signature of the company director — and then cashed them. The handwriting on the checks — including Hunt's endorsement signature — matched her handwriting and signature on official company documents.

Police arrested her, Oct. 10, charging her with embezzlement plus two counts each of forgery and uttering. On Dec. 8, in General District Court, one forgery and one uttering were dropped, but Judge Lorraine Nordlund certified everything else to the grand jury.

Hunt was indicted by the grand jury on Jan. 20, and Monday, Feb. 23, she pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to all three offenses. Each count of forgery and uttering forged checks is punishable by as much as 10 years in prison. Hunt is slated for sentencing, April 9, before Judge Arthur Vierreg Jr.