PCHS guidance counselor arrested


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


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.



340 Responses to PCHS guidance counselor arrested

  1. Ninny

    August 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Well, almost a year has passed and what is the status of this case? Those cheerleaders work hard selling stuff to get their supplies and travel money to participate in activities. This young person is she STILL on payroll, when the teachers and paras barely get paid for being there every day!!! And, far from the skills needed to be a cheerleading coach, which by the way is harder than you think, teaching requires a lot of education and study. Even if she pays restitution that would at least help the young ladies on the cheerleading teams. Just be sure she is never allowed in a position within our schools again. PS as for counselor that was a title only….

  2. Beth

    August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    She still pays for day care every week! I wonder if our tax dollars are still paying her a salary?

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