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Strayer pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

Monday, Jul. 21 | By Julie Taylor
42-year-old Kimberly Strayer of Sumerduck, is ordered to repay the Goldvein Fire Department $73,050 in addition to serving time in the state penitentiary.
Kimberly Ann Strayer pleaded guilty in court today to 10 counts of embezzlement from a volunteer fire company in Fauquier.

The 42-year-old of Mount Ephraim Road, Sumerduck, was accused of taking funds from the Goldvein Fire Department between May 2012 and October 2013.

As part of her plea agreement, she will repay the fire department $73,050 and serve three years in the state penitentiary during which time she will not be allowed to participate in a work release program. Seven years of her sentence were suspended.

After her release, Strayer must spend four years under adult supervised probation.

While under she supervised probation, she will be referred to the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center to verify whether she is a viable candidate for the Restorative Justice Conferencing.

Strayer, who turned herself in at the Sheriff’s Office continues to be held without bond.

As the former secretary of the Goldvein Volunteer Fire Department, she was indicted on Jan. 29 on 13 counts of embezzlement, three of which were dismissed today. The indictments were issued by a special investigative grand jury.

Authorities began investigating possible embezzlement at Goldvein on Nov. 13 after "financial inconsistencies" were found by members of the fire department.

In addition to her work in Goldvein, Strayer was employed as revenue recovery coordinator and HIPAA compliance officer for Fauquier County's Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Management.

She was put on administrative leave from the position she held since 2007, according to County Administrator Paul McCulla last January.

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