EDA Official Statement Responds to Misdemeanors
October 2, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority released an official statement regarding misdemeanor charges against current and former members.
“The Front Royal-Warren County EDA, as a committed stakeholder in this community, is fully aware of the misdemeanor charges levied against past and current board members,” the official statement stated. “The EDA recognizes these allegations and will appropriately respond and act accordingly as the necessary legal due process is administered through the Justice System.”
The EDA claimed in the press release that the Authority has developed and continues to refine operational processes, procedures and guidelines to ensure accountability and transparency from the organization in the future.
The misdemeanor charges were handed out in mid-September as a result of an ongoing investigation into the EDA’s finances and decision making. The investigation began in 2018 after it was discovered that several board members and local business owners in the Warren County area were found to be embezzling millions from the Authority and the community at large.
The Town of Front Royal is currently suing the EDA for $15 million dollars in damages. The Town decided on that amount after a financial examination of the Authority revealed that they may have overcharged the town for several construction projects, including the work on the Front Royal Police Department Headquarters.
Former EDA Director Jennifer McDonald is at the center of the ongoing investigation. She is currently free on bond following several arrests and charges of embezzlement and fraud among others. She is currently being sued by both the EDA and the Town of Front Royal.
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