A popular Virginia Beach bed and breakfast shut down because this bookkeeper stole money

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VIRGINIA BEACH — A Norfolk woman was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay over $390,000 in restitution for embezzling that amount from the company for whom she provided bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services.

According to court documents, Nakai Koyenhan, 46, who pleaded guilty to forging the securities of an organization in November 2018, was employed by Church Point Manor, LLC to provide bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services.

Koyenhan stole more than $327,000 from the company by forging over 300 checks over a period of approximately three and a half years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

She also made fraudulent wire transfers from the company bank account to her personal bank account and to her personal credit card, totaling an additional $63,000. In total, Koyenhan stole more than $390,000 from Church Point Manor, which operated a well-known bed and breakfast/restaurant in Virginia Beach that was forced to close as a result of the embezzlement.

Prosecutors said Koyenhan made “false entries” in the accounting ledger she maintained for Church Point Manor. She would, for example, change the names of the payees and amounts on the forged checks she had written in order to make it appear that they were payments for legitimate business expenses.

Koyenhan spent the money, among other things, to make car loan payments and rent payments, to purchase a wedding ring and wedding supplies, and to travel to various destinations, including Nigeria, prosecutors said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.