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Former school employee guilty of embezzlement charge

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By Tom Wilmoth

A former New London Academy cafeteria employee pleaded guilty to embezzlement last month in connection with money taken from the school nutrition fund.

Barbara Allen Wilson, 52, of Goode, faced one charge for taking in excess of $200 from the school during the time period Aug. 25, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

Wilson, the school's nutritional manager, was arrested in May on the charge. The charge stated that she failed to make deposits in excess of $6,000 between August 2007 and March 2008. In all, those account for some 17 deposits that she allegedly failed to make on behalf of the school, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Wheelock has said.

Wheelock received a two-year sentence with all of that sentence suspended. She will have two years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay $6,470 in restitution. That restitution has been paid, according to Wheelock.

Wheelock has said New London Academy principal Andy Greenough and the school system's supervisor of school nutrition initially reported that some deposits weren't being made. Deposits from the cafeteria were normally made on a daily basis. Wheelock said it is estimated the deposits not made ranged from $200 to $600.

According to Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator with Bedford County Public Schools, Wilson was initially suspended from the school system after the incident came to light and terminated soon after that.