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Warrenton man sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing $3.8 million

Wednesday, Jul. 29 | By Michael Melkonian
A Warrenton man will spend 12 years in prison for embezzling $3.8 million over a 14-year period from Heritage Hardwoods in Marshall.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker sentenced Robin Day Nicholas to a total of 53 years Wednesday morning, but suspended 41 years of the sentence. Nicholas pleaded guilty to 31 felony counts of larceny by false pretenses, money laundering and tax fraud in May,

Court documents reveal that Nicholas is alleged to have stolen $3.8 million from his company over the course of 14 years by setting up a bogus company that tendered fabricated invoices to the millwork's corporate headquarters, according to a release from Commonwealth's Attorney James Fisher.

Court documents also reveal that the defendant allegedly covered the scheme by altering internal company documents and by violating company accounting protocols at the local branch level.

Nicholas was indicted before a special grand jury last August on 60 counts of embezzlement-related charges, including 28 of embezzlement, 15 of felonious false pretenses, 15 of money laundering, and two counts of filing false tax returns.

Last August, after being charged, authorities seized property from Nicholas that he bought with the stolen money, including a race car and a 23-foot boat.

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