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Guilty Plea Entered in County Fair Embezzlement Case

by Katie Pyzyk February 3, 2012 at 9:15 am 5,216 15 Comments

A former county employee accused of embezzling from the Arlington County Fair has pleaded guilty to all counts against her.

Denise Marshall Roller pleaded to 11 felony counts, including embezzlement, forgery and money laundering. The 48-year-old Fredericksburg, Va. resident had worked since 2005 as the county fair’s event manager. She resigned last May, after police were tipped off to suspicious activity.

Investigators discovered that between February and May of last year, Marshall Roller deposited nearly $12,000 of checks intended for the fair into a fraudulent bank account. Court documents show she submitted forged bylaws to a local bank, which apparently allowed her to open an account in the fair’s name. She withdrew portions of the money over the three month period for her personal use, prosecutors said.

When confronted about the account by colleagues, police say Marshall Roller initially claimed she had set up a personal account at the bank and mistakenly deposited a county fair check into the account.

Marshall Roller is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27.

  • Good Grief

    Community Service??

  • reality

    Pfizer can steal $2B from the government and pay a fine. This woman will probably get some time.

    • Josh S

      It’s because the corporation is considered a person in the eyes of the law. Yet since it is not, you can’t imprison it. Fines are the only solution. As long as those fines don’t impact their bonuses, the executives could care less.

      It is a completely ineffective way of enforcing compliance with the law.

      • Grammar Police

        Actually, I would think the executives couldn’t care less. If they could care less as you stated that would imply that they do care. You’re welcome for the correction and please try harder to use correct grammar in the future.

  • G Clifford Prout

    She did it was malice of forethought. Pfizer does it as a standard business practice. There is a difference.

  • westoverhood

    That picture is so creepy.

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      She looks a bit like Larry Bud Melman.

      • reality

        Go for the treat that won’t make them sick, LBM’s Toast on a stick

  • ^ Is an Idiot

    Crazy is the new hotness.

    More amazingly, the County Fair pumps through enough revenue that it doesn’t miss $12K? Maybe should have changed her name to “Arlington County Fair” which would have been much less obvious….

    • AnadaArl

      It appears that the County Fair did notice the $12,000 was missing, which is why they tipped off the police. You think it doesn’t cost many thousands of dollars to run a fair? It’s run by a non-profit, not being fed taxpayer dollars, and it’s hard to enough to plan small events for that much. Seriously try planning a wedding or holiday party around here. The budget has to be close to 100k.

  • Here’s hoping she receives the following sentence as described in Office Space.

  • Still surprised

    Geez, she plead guilty, will do her time and will be paying it back for the rest of her life. Get over it.

  • Rick

    Send that little boy to jail!

  • The clizzie dizzie

    For $12,000? Seriously, just get a second job


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