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Embezzler not paying restitution

McCloud, Natoya Janeice-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

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.

8 Responses to Embezzler not paying restitution

  1. david

    August 13, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Now here is a great question to ask in regards to this embezzlement case and the ex counselors case, what’s the differences? I know she was found guilty and was assessed restitution. All but it looks like 6 months of a 10 year sentence was suspended, for 5,000! What should be the outcome…..for 50,000! This is where the community takes into account…race, community influence, awareness, criminal history…all the essentials in a case. If I were this young lady, I would try to hire the counselors lawyer.

    • @david

      August 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. While embezzlement is wrong regardless of who does it or how much, but I feel like the ex counselors case will just go away. It’s all about who you are in Pulaski County!

  2. Angie

    August 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    She should have to serve her time and face the same punishment anyone would for these same offenses regardless of sex, race, or gender.

    • david

      August 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Well Angie, this lady is being hung out to dry for 5,000, and yes if you commit the crime…face the consequences. But our good white, “Christian”, who is educated and has some influential proponents on her side…..has yet to even go to court. Yes, it should be in the eyes of lady justice race, religion, sex should not play a factor….since lady justice is blind. However, do you believe, this young lady is getting a fair shake like our good down home counselor? 5,000 vs 50,000….10 yr suspended with six months in jail. Restitution to be made…sounds like a decent deal….so what about the counselors case. Are they equal? What are the differences in this case vs the ex counselors case? Do you believe, this lady is any different than the other? Will race be a factor in either case? What do you believe Angie, lady justice is watching for your response!

  3. Chris

    August 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I am completely disgusted that this is what has become of our judicial system! If you by chance have noticed what is going on in this country it would seem to me that one would understand that a cry of racism, religion, drugs, and voices speaking to me in my head seem to always be an excuse for unacceptable behavior! The fact of the matter is if no restitution has been made there is something called a “garnishment” ( you may have heard of it) I am also wondering why you bring up “white Christian lady” you have no right to judge what someone’s beliefs may be. People make bad choices in life and yes they suffer the consequences, however if they are honest about their mistakes and are willing to change for the better I am all for that. On the other hand if you are untruthful it will come back on you eventually! I would also like to add that it’s ashame how there are different levels of crime punishment anyway – LAST TIME I READ MY BIBLE “SIN” is “SIN” !!! I didn’t say that GOD did!!! Putting labels on people will get you know where- if at fault make it RIGHT!!!! SO SAD WHEN WE FORGET WHAT THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED UPON!!!

    • david

      August 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      “White Christian lady” simply refers to a double standard within our system. Yes, if you did the crime you should be punished, regardless of white black yellow or green. Point is, yes these are different cases, yes different amounts, however…the two charges remain the same, except the aggregate amount. This lady was convicted, and given a sentence. I was saying if this is what 5,000 gets you, then 50,000 should get real time! But because of a goog ol boy system that appears to be living proudly in Pulaski, will not see the counselor get such a fait. Because of the influences that are surrounding her and this case. It’s not the beliefs that are running road blocks……..or is it?

  4. Angie

    August 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    My goodness, David. Didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers here. My point is that a thief is a thief regardless of race, color, or gender. They should have equal punishment if the crimes are equal. I know in Virginia there is a difference in how crimes are tried and punished based on the dollar figure involved. I’m just curious why in this case she isn’t being made to pay her restitution that was required?

    If the counselor is found guilty then she deserves her punishment just like this lady deserves her punishment.

    The problem I see is that our judicial system is broken in many ways and criminals don’t feel there are any consequences to their actions anymore.

  5. LT

    August 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Well I do say this is interesting subject. Truth is “who you know” is the phrase whether in Pulaski or Montgomery or Radford… No wait, that seems to be in our government too, you remember Libya? Or NSA? Or well, you get the point. Either way, the law is broken, money that is not theirs has been taken, others have paid the price or rather done without, i.e. cheerleaders and no one in the judicial system is concerned. The “common man/woman” has no real say. David, you seem to really know what you are talking about, so tell us how this sad situation should play out and the counselor actually be brought to trial not always continued (isn’t there a law somewhere only so many continuances allowed in a case?)? Or rather be resolved to where the money is paid back, by both, they actually receive a sentence, and the salary of one is STOPPED. Our budget in the school system is stretched enough trying to pay the ones who are honest and show up for work and deserve to be paid. Is the other lady being paid too? Or maybe she should be so she can pay restitution!!!! Who do you know should your day in court come?