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Former Partnership for Warrenton Foundation chairwoman indicted for embezzlement

Tuesday, Jul. 26 | By Craig Macho
The former chairperson of a nonprofit organization which promotes downtown Warrenton businesses has been indicted on 10 counts of embezzlement.

Margaret Ladson McCann, 46, of Warrenton was indicted by a Fauquier County Circuit Court Grand Jury July 25 for eight counts of embezzlement stemming from when she served as the chairperson of Partnership for Warrenton Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the Main Street district of Warrenton.

Carter Nevill, a downtown business owner and the current chairman of the organization, said detectives investigating another pair of embezzlements allegedly involving McCann approached the partnership earlier this year when they discovered possible thefts.

“They contacted us and the board took swift action. We have since made sure that our bylaws and policies will be followed.”

According to the indictments issued by the circuit court, McCann was suspected of stealing from a different victim in August and November of 2014. The other eight counts involving Partnership for Warrenton Foundation occurred between August 4 to December 26, 2015.

“I really don't want to comment while the case is pending, as I want to be sure it will succeed and a conviction will be secured,” Carter said. “But our trust was abused. Not only the trust of the business community, but all of the people who enjoy and support Old Town Warrenton,” he added.

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