Francis Singleton of Bloxom was in Accomack County Circuit Court on Thursday facing embezzlement charges that occurred between January 1, 2016 and April 20, 2016 at the Food Lion store in Oak Hall.
According to proffered evidence, Singleton allowed other employees to go to her checkout line without paying for all of their items and vice versa. Some if not all of the instances were recorded on security video.
Defense attorney Northam told the court that full restitution of $438 had been paid to Food Lion and that the guidelines for this defendant were probation with no incarceration. Northam stated to the court that the defendant was cooperative with her investigation.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Foltz then told Judge Lewis that while she was cooperative with her involvement, she was not forthcoming about others involved. Foltz also told the court the defendant was employed by the County system in special education as well as having been employed by Food Lion.
Judge Lewis accepted the defendant’s guilty plea but told the defendant that it was this court’s policy that she should see the inside of the jail. Lewis then sentenced her to 6 months with all suspended but 8 days. He also told her she could serve the 8 days on weekends.