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. James P

    May 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The special prosecutor has continued this case. Our local prosecutor, who does a very good job, had a conflict so he asked the court to pick another prosecutor. There is a lady from Bland county that is prosecuting this case and she is the one that has delayed it.

  2. anon1

    July 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I personally know this lady and I believe she did not do this. Always innocent until proven guilty!!
    This lady is a wonderful person and does not deserve some of the comments that are being posted. Hope all goes well Angie we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in hope that this all will be put in the past, so you can concentrate on your future instead of this misfortune.


    July 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    We will never know the truth, anyone who went to Pulaski County Schools when she did knows this. They will continue to push it back until it goes away! The evidence against here is substantial and there are way too many accounts of things being paid for and never being received. The only thing about this that isn’t true is the time frame…It was going on way longer than she is being charged for. She thought that she was hot stuff in school, and if she wasn’t one of the Pulaski “Elite” this debate would not still be going on because she would already be in jail.

    • Toni smates

      July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      I agree 100%!!! Also,let’s not forget if she were of another race she would have received 30 years and a $500,000 fine ( justice bestowed upon another Pulaski criminal) !!
      Unfortunately, society picks and chooses who they protect and who they prosecute!!
      However, she will pay here and now or later–but she will pay for every lie and every dollar!!

  4. ANON1

    July 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    As said before innocent until proven guilty! Fight ’em girl!

    • Suf

      July 30, 2013 at 2:37 am

      Fightem girl???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, another good one. She’ll be given a pass, she won’t have to “fight ’em” If she wasn’t being given a pass the case would have already been resolved one way or another. It doesn’t take this long for this simple of a case to be resolved. Oh, by the way, OJ was guilty too.

  5. Fed Up

    July 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I read some of the comments on here and I just think to myself “are some of these people that dumb?” The 50k from the cheerleading fund was not money that was from any school budget or the school system. Usually it is money that kids have paid for shoes, uniforms, warm-ups, etc and then they did not receive the items or the bill was never paid to the vendor. Does anyone really think that the school system would give $50k to any sport? Come on now people….

    She will have her day in court and the justice system will deal with her. Some of you are wanting to hang her now. She has been charged but not convicted. The last delay was not from her lawyers.

  6. @Suf

    July 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    You sound like one of the parents that had to fight to get the things that you paid for, as we were. ANON1 doesn’t realize that there are many, many parents that were affected for years who could testify that. Our cheerleader graduated 2 years ago and never received items that were paid for her freshman year.

  7. al814

    August 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I was a guidance aide and she would always have her door shut ALWAYS little suspicious she was a terrible counsler and to all the cheerleader who are defending her listen closely she STOLE from YOU


    August 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Why the delay? The Montgomery County booster has had more done to him and he was caught after Angie. I smell a rat, I bet you they are allowing her to repay the funds so she will get a lesser charge. Angie did take parents money for items never delivered as well as double charge for items. One of her favorite tricks was to approach a senior cheerleader and tell them they owed money for something 2 years ago and threaten to hold their diploma if they didn’t pay. I hope the DA gets this right or he will be run out of town.

  9. Concerned

    August 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Postponed again until October.

  10. david

    August 13, 2013 at 1:03 am

    “Nolle prosequi” allows individuals such as this counselor to pretty much plead to a charge saying there is sufficient evidence to convict, but they don’t want to take the chance in court, with a jury, drop charges, but they could be refiled later if the prosecution wishes.

    “Deferred Adjudication” means a individual will have the charge hanging over their head unless they comply, complete some sort of court ordered punishment. Once completed the charges are then dropped and a person’s record is wiped clean.

    Now, take into account her criminal history, her race, who she associates with (one prosecutor had a conflict of interest, because he I’m guessing has some affiliation with her), and now a new prosecutor from another jurisdiction who is taking case she may have little to no knowledge about.

    This case originated last year, and has been postponed, as scheduled like clock work (attorney tactics) for probably opportunities to make arrangements for a plea. Whoever wrote, opportunity to make restitution may be correct, but unless the case is sealed, that is public record, and news, and media organizations can file for this under the information act to provide this to the community.

    I believe having studied a bit of law (not in va) review case law from time to time, review cases for personal understanding, believe that though many of the community feels betrayed, maybe because they or their child was taken advantage of, they worked with and saw this take place, or however you are affected by this….she is not going to be punished to the likes of someone else fitting the profile of a embezzler.

    Take all of these facts and make form your own opinion, but this will never make it to trial, some but probably not all restitution will be made, no civil liabilities will take place, she will face deferred adjudication where she will have to work at a goodwill for 2hours a week, and once her conditions are met….she will once again walk amongst the community without any form of real punishment. (My opinion only)

    Good luck to the parents and the children affected by this, but your out of your money!

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