A woman accused of stealing more than $93,000 of her former employer’s money to fund such things as wedding expenses and plastic surgery has been charged with 15 felony offenses, police said.
Vanessa Cline, 32, of Stafford, is charged with five counts of embezzlement, five counts of forgery and five counts of passing a forged document. She was booked into the Rappahannock Regional Jail early Thursday and released on an $8,000 bond later the same morning.
According to police and court records, Cline worked as a bookkeeper for No Limits Construction on Cool Springs Road in southern Stafford. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said she had replaced another bookkeeper who was convicted last year of stealing more than $150,000 from the company between 2016 and early 2018.
The Cline investigation began on March 18 when the owner of the company contacted the Sheriff’s Office about a large theft. The company owner had been contacted by American Express telling him that the company’s credit card was behind on its payments and would be closed.
An internal investigation pointed to Cline as the culprit, police said, and Detective Ed McCullough obtained warrants against her Wednesday night.
The alleged unauthorized purchases include nearly $8,000 for a buttocks lift by Elite Plastic Surgery in Miami, Fla., and money for a Florida motel room where Cline recuperated from her surgery, an affidavit for a search warrant states.
Cline is also accused for using $25,000 of the company’s funds to pay a wedding planner for her pending wedding, nearly $2,000 for a dress and money for wedding invitations and a bridal photographer. The dress was among the items seized during a recent raid at Cline’s home on Norman Road in Stafford, court records show.
An all-terrain vehicle, airline tickets, clothes, groceries and furniture are among the other unauthorized expenditures attributed to Cline.
Police also found nearly $10,000 worth of company checks made out to Cline that were deposited into her bank account, court records states. Police say the signatures on those five checks were forged.
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