A former Pulaski County employee convicted of embezzling over $5,000 from the treasurer’s office hasn’t been paying her court-ordered restitution, prosecutors say.
Natoya Janeice McCloud, 40, of Pulaski is to be back in Circuit Court this December to tell the court why she should not have to serve all or part of her suspended sentence for failing to make restitution payments.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor told Judge Marcus Long Jr. Friday that this will be the second time McCloud has being returned to court for failure to make payments. He said she was ordered by Judge Colin Gibb last December to serve three months in jail, but she still hadn’t paid any restitution until Friday morning.
Judge Long was supposed to hear the show cause evidence Friday, but the matter was postponed until Dec. 17 at the request of McCloud’s attorney. The attorney felt it would be more appropriate for Judge Gibb, who originally tried the case, to rule on the show cause.
Judge Long agreed to the continuance, but warned McCloud she had better make an effort to pay her restitution before December.
In 2010, McCloud pleaded no contest to 10 counts of embezzlement. She received 10 years in prison, with all but nine years, six months suspended under the condition she pay restitution.
At that time, McCloud told Judge Gibb she was not guilty of the charges, but she did not want to risk a jury trial, which had been requested by the prosecution. By pleading no contest she was acknowledging evidence was sufficient for a finding of guilt without acknowledging guilt.
According to Fleenor the thefts came to light when a number of county citizens came to the treasurer’s office between April and June 2009 to question delinquency notices they had received. They all produced receipts for their payments and most identified McCloud as the person who took their payments.
Virginia State Police Special Agent B.J. Svard determined each of the citizens had paid their taxes in cash and each had been provided computer-generated receipts bearing McCloud’s initials.