Virginia Beach woman arrested for alleged $255,000 embezzlement

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A Virginia Beach woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly embezzling more than $255,000 from a local real estate firm.

Lindsay Kneff, 36, a former manager in the Virginia Beach office of Rose & Womble Realty Co., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Norfolk Wednesday on charges including mail fraud and wire fraud, according to court documents and a release from the Office of U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

Between January 2014 and August 2015, Kneff allegedly wrote checks on the firm’s operating account to pay personal expenses, including utility and electric bills. She falsified 28 money orders made payable to the firm. She made unauthorized wire transfers of funds from the firm’s account into her personal account and tried to conceal her theft by creating fictitious vendors, court documents say.

Kneff appeared before U.S. magistrate judge Robert J. Krask Thursday, the same day she was arrested, according to court documents.

Rose & Womble has more than 600 sales associates in nine offices, according to its website.

A spokesperson for the firm did not respond to a request for comment before deadline.

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