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Virginia county’s entire board of supervisors indicted

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State police announced Tuesday that all of the top government officials in a Virginia county have been indicted in connection with an investigation of financial crimes, according to The Washington Post.

Fourteen people were charged as part of the probe into alleged money laundering and embezzlement inside the local economic development authority, including all five members of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, according to the Post.

{mosads}The grand jury also charged former Warren County Schools Superintendent Luke Drescher and former County Attorney Daniel Whitten.

Another of the defendants, former Warren Supervisor Ron Llewellyn, said the officials were charged in relation to claims that they did not react properly to indications former economic development authority director Jennifer McDonald embezzled tens of millions in agency money. She has been charged with nearly 30 felony counts.

“I don’t know how we should have known earlier,” said Llewelyn, who served on the authority board at the time of the alleged crimes. “The accountants are supposed to do their job. Am I supposed to go and ask them if I can review their books and their auditing positions? I’m not in a position where I would understand it if I saw it.”

Local activists have claimed McDonald’s alleged crimes would only have been possible if she had co-conspirators inside the county government, according to the Post. “It’s not every day that your entire government gets arrested,” Melanie Salins of the Warren County Coalition, an anti-corruption community watchdog group, told the Post. “It’s so shameful.”

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