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Sentencing set in Shenandoah aging embezzlement

Monday - 1/13/2014, 3:10am  ET

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) -- A March sentencing is set for a former Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging chief who was convicted of embezzlement.

The Winchester Star (http://bit.ly/1dHOrkP ) reports that 58-year-old Helen Cockrell remains free on bond pending her sentencing on March 18.

The Rileyville resident pleaded guilty in September 2013 to one felony embezzlement count. She entered an Alford plea to two other counts.

An Alford plea means the defendant doesn't admit guilt but agrees that evidence is strong enough to convict them.

Cockrell was accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from the aging agency while serving as its president and CEO. She was terminated by the agency's board of directors in September 2011 following a state investigation.

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Information from: The Winchester Star, http://www.winchesterstar.com


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