Preliminary hearing waived on embezzlement charges

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By Tom Wilmoth

    The 26-year-old Evington woman accused of embezzling from Kroger in Forest waived her right to a preliminary hearing May 14.
    Jennifer Elaine Johns faces 15 embezzlement charges, eight felonies and seven misdemeanors. A Bedford County grand jury will now decide whether to indict Johns on the felony charges.
    Johns is charged with giving too much credit for coupons to some family members and friends while she worked as a checkout clerk at Kroger. Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz said, following action by the grand jury, others who received benefits from the alleged actions of Johns could also face charges.
    Krantz said the alleged actions of Johns, allowing too much credit for coupons, allowed those she helped to get free groceries, giving them more credit than they were due.