Friday, February 28, 2014

Virginia Market Closes Doors In Aftermath Of Alleged $280K Embezzlement By Store Manager Charged

From Inside NOVA on 2/27/14:

The Handy Dandy Market has been a Woodbridge landmark for more than six decades, but a recent case of suspected embezzlement almost caused the popular local convenience store to close its doors.

“It’s hard enough to make it these days as a small, independent business,” store owner Joe Roadcap said. “This about put us under, it really did.”

Police began investigating a case of possible embezzlement at the store at the corner of Occoquan and Horner roads in November, according to court documents.

An accountant for the store noticed “account discrepancies” of about $280,000 related to Virginia lottery ticket sales, police said in documents on file in Prince William Circuit Court.

A police investigation followed and store manager Nicole Tolf was charged with four counts of embezzlement and three counts of lottery ticket larceny.

According to court documents, Tolf is accused of stealing books of lottery tickets from the store. Police searched her house on Horner Road in November and seized money, lottery tickets, store receipts and a laptop, according to court records.

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