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Fauquier County woman pleads guilty to receiving stolen money

Monday, Mar. 2 | By Megan Spicer
A Warrenton woman pleaded guilty today to receiving money that was embezzled from an estate her husband, former attorney James G. Kincheloe, Jr., managed, according the Office of the Attorney General.

Heidi M. Pender-Kincheloe, 57, will be sentenced on Aug. 13, 2015.

In 2010 and 2011, Pender-Kincheloe submitted invoices for approximately $146,000 to the estate of Pearl S. Buckley, her husband's deceased client, according to the Office of the Attorney General. Pender-Kincheloe claimed she worked more than 4,300 hours for Buckley.

Pender-Kincheloe's husband gave her more than $150,000 in checks from Buckley's estate, which Pender-Kincheloe deposited into her accounts.

"I'd like to thank the Fairfax County Police Department and Marc Birnbaum from OAG who prosecuted this case - their hard work truly made the difference," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "This level of blatant disregard for ethical standards and disregard for clients' rights will not be tolerated in the Commonwealth, and I am pleased justice was served in this instance."

James Kincheloe already pleaded guilty to embezzlement in the Fairfax County Circuit Court, and was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014. Kincheloe and Pender-Kincheloe were also convicted of failure to file state income tax returns in Fauquier County Circuit Court, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

Receiving stolen property carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department's Financial Crimes Squad and presented to the Northern Virginia multi-jurisdiction grand jury. Virginia Assistant Attorney General Marc J. Birnbaum is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

For more on the cases against Pender-Kincheloe and Kincheloe, click here.

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