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Barbara Worrell, former Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Beach Schools and former acting school superintendent, through her attorney, Mark Gardner, waived her right to a preliminary hearing this afternoon, Sept. 22, in General District Court of Westmoreland County.
Worrell stands accused of 13 felony counts of embezzlement of funds from Colonial Beach Public Schools from February 25, 2008, to April 10, 2009. Worrell was placed on administrative leave in May 2009 after the Westmoreland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office announced an inv
estigation of school finances by the Virginia State Police.
The charges stem from an investigation originally initiated by Tim Trivett, current chairman of the School Board, after accounting irregularities came to light during an audit of town finances which showed “significant deficiencies.”
Worrell was arrested in Westmoreland County on March 15, 2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m. by Sergeant James C. Wells of the Colonial Beach Police Department.
By waiving her right to a preliminary hearing, the 13 felony charges against Worrell will be presented before a Grand Jury in Westmoreland County in October. The Grand Jury, after hearing evidence, will decide if there is enough evidence or probable cause to proceed and will then issue a formal indictment of all charges. At that time the case will be moved to Circuit Court.
The court set a preliminary date of Dec. 17 for arraignment in Circuit Court and released the witnesses who had been subpoenaed for the preliminary hearing.
Among others, Tim Trivett, School Board Chairman; Janet Brown, Finance Coordinator for Colonial Beach Schools; and Virginia State Police Special Agent Belinda Glover were present as witnesses. Worrell remains out on bond.
She wore a black dress and sat with family members and friends who remained at her side.