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PCHS guidance counselor arrested

 

Accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from cheerleading program

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.co

Pulaski County High School Guidance Counselor Angelia Paige Harrell was arrested Monday evening on three felony counts of embezzlement, according to police.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Conroy said Harrell was served with the three indictments and voluntarily surrendered herself to authorities. She was released on bond.

According to Conroy, Harrell is alleged to have diverted funds from Pulaski County School System, but more specifically from funds set aside for the cheerleading program. Harrell was a head coach of the varsity cheerleading squad.

The code section under which Harrell is charged deals with the diversion of public funds by a public employee. The charges are Class 4 felonies, each of which carries a possible sentence of two to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The alleged embezzlements occurred between March 2010 and Oct. 2011, said Conroy.

Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Tom Brewster declined to comment on the situation Monday or on the status of Harrell’s employment due to it being a personnel matter.

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340 Responses to PCHS guidance counselor arrested

  1. Jinnie

    November 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    What is going on with this investigation?

  2. Mind=Blown

    November 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I think YOU ALL miss the point here. This woman embezzled 50K from the cheerleading program over the course of one year.
    …in a time when public education and arts programs are suffering more than ever, why the hell do PCHS cheerleaders have more than a 50K annual budget? Christ (there’s the token bible reference for all you thumpers out there), how much do those uniforms cost?

    • David

      November 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Mind=Blown…you seperated bible and law…you are now part of the resistance…VIVA LA RESISTANCE!

  3. Simon

    November 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Her case has been continued twice, now her next hearing is December 1. I imagine she’s being given the chance to pay back at least some of the funds she allegedly stole, thus reducing her exposure which will help her down the road if she is convicted. Just a guess.

    • david

      November 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Continued twice huh……plea deal in the works is my guess.

  4. No1Important

    December 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think it is terrible that this is being kept so quiet.. any other person would have been blasted over the news and papers.. She probably wont spend a day in jail.. the laws these days are only for those who follow them.
    Unless I read it wrong … she took money from “funds from Pulaski County School System, but more specifically from funds set aside for the cheerleading program”. So it wasn’t JUST the cheerleading funds..
    Anyway.. Just my two cents.. I hope she gets treated like anyone else would that did something like this.. but it doesn’t look like she will be.

    • Brent

      December 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      http://wasdmz2.courts.state.va.us/CJISWeb/Search.do

      Here’s the link for the case, it’s public information. If it doesn’t open, just google Virginia Court Information, or something similar and it’ll pop up. It appears the case has now been continued for the 3rd time, now February 1… Sounds like a deal’s in the works and time is being given to pay some folks back… Just a guess.

  5. Unknown

    December 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Also in her favor is her husband works for the Secret Service…hmmm!!!

  6. Dawn

    January 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I think it is horrible that she stole money from the school and these hard working parents. I also agree that this has been too quiet, every person who has stolen money from the county has severed and she should too. I do not doubt if she has been an African American it would be no question she would have to serve 20 years or more and would have to pay the money back. If I recall the was an african american who was accused of stealing money from the county and serverd at least 6 months or more and it was 4,000 not over 50,000. Seems wrong if she gets off with no jail time, she should reap the consequences for her actions and I do not mean a slap on the wrist with probation only.

  7. Joy

    January 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    she isn’t married UNKNOWN

  8. chris

    January 7, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I remember her when I was in school acted better then everyone else she was a female dog to the students lol and never wanted to help the students all of us went to other counselors for help I hope they slap the book at her stealing from kids dreams it takes all people in this world if she don’t get jail time I have no faith in are government

  9. fed up

    January 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I suggest to the citizens of Pulaski Co., that we come out in full force on the next court date. It will have no impact on the outcome of the trial, but if enough people show up, it will be newsworthy. At least it may make the local TV stations and newspapers interested in covering it. Call or email WSLS and WDBJ and let them know that you want this case covered. I am going to.

  10. kim

    January 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    i would say have no pitty on her,she took money that wasnt hers and u can bet if shes not punished for her wrong doing what kind of example does this set for others.u can bet if she wasnt in the public eyes things would be different.is the courts waiting to throw this case out by postponing so many times.why kind of mother is she gonna be to her small child will this child know right from wrong.its a good thing the father has the child. i say throw the book at her she knew it was wrong.when u cant trust the adults and peers that our children are being educated by why send them to school to learn how to steal and cheat.we all need to wake up and put a stop to this.give her years to sit in prison and think about what she did.

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