Former EDA director Jennifer McDonald is sentenced

Former Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Front Royal Warren County Jennifer Rae McDonald has been sentenced.

McDonald was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison by Judge Elizabeth Dillion May 29.

McDonald was convicted by a jury of stealing more than $5 million dollars in EDA funds back in November.

McDonald’s conviction on 30 counts has been confirmed by United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Christopher R. Kavanaugh.

Those convictions include seven counts of wire fraud, six counts of bank fraud, sixteen counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

During sentencing Dillion said that McDonald abused her position and betrayed the community’s trust.

Dillion noted where McDonald concedes that she did nothing wrong the court finds her crimes very serious.

Attorney Kavanaugh called out McDonald for using EDA funds as her personal piggy bank.

McDonald diverted public funds to purchase real estate and pay her personal expenses according to Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh went on to say that the sentence reflects how seriously his office takes fraud and the misuse of public funds.

Kavanaugh reiterated that beginning in 2014 McDonald began stealing money from the EDA.

Court documents indicate that for over four years McDonald used bank accounts and credit facilities of the EDA to divert public funds.

McDonald falsified documents to mislead the EDA’s board of directors and government officials to continue her scheme according to Kavanaugh.

After being confronted by law enforcement McDonald drafted fake loan documents, and  encouraged others to lie before a grand jury according to Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh also stated that McDonald fabricated an outrageous story to justify the fraud.

McDonald contends that the funds were part of a secret settlement and produced even more fake documents to cover-up the fraud according to Kavanaugh.

After a 9 week long jury trial the 45-year-old Front Royal resident Jennifer McDonald was sentenced May 29.

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FCSO investigates an extreme road rage incident involving bites

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports the attempt to identify an individual involved in a case of extreme road rage.

The male subject involved was driving a red Chevy Cruz with Pennsylvania registration and tags KDR5718.

In the incident the man involved in an apparent fit of rage assaulted and bit two pregnant women.

Pictures of the man involved are available by clicking here.

Anyone with any information or can identify the man is asked to call the FCSO at 540-662-6162.

Information can also be delivered to Winchester, Frederick, Clarke Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS or use the P3 app with any details.

There is a reward offered for information leading to an arrest.

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VSP investigate an Essex fatal crash involving Winchester residents

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of a fatal crash involving Winchester men.

The crash involved one vehicle in the 5300 block of Tidewater Trail in Essex Virginia.

Wednesday May 22 at approximately 2:45 p.m. a Dodge pick up truck pulling a small trailer ran off the left side of Tidewater Trail and overturned.

Three of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle Martimiano Perez Linares of Winchester and a 36-year-old passenger Jose Angel Romero Hernandez were seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Two other passengers, 61-year-old Jose Euglogio Cruz Gomez and 41-year-old Wulfrono Cruz Gomez both of Winchester were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The 42-year-old Linares has been charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Linares was the only person wearing a seat belt in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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News Maker Dale Corey on the Col. James Wood II Chapter of SAR

Memorial Day is the beginning of a busy active season for the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).

We spoke with the Chapter’s representative Dale Corey about what’ is scheduled in our latest news maker.

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Dale tells us that Memorial Day alone the SAR had 8 different events.

He also tells us there is a full schedule of events planned that start again in June.

Dale also reviews a little the activities planned at the various events.

Click here for Dale’s latest news maker.

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