Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Former cafeteria manager at Mountain Mission School in Grundy faces embezzlement charges in Virginia

 A former cafeteria manager has been charged with embezzling more than $50,000 from a local private school for at-risk youth.

Mary Repult Stacy, age unavailable, of Breaks, Va., is facing 12 counts of embezzling funds from the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., according to Buchanan County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Arrington. Stacy was previously employed as the manager of the school’s cafeteria, he said.

Arrington said it is believed Stacy took more than $50,000 from the school.

“She was in charge of purchasing for the school’s cafeteria,” Arrington said. “She would use school funds to reload pre-paid debit cards or purchase gift cards she would then take for her personal use,” Arrington said.

Arrington said the embezzlement charges date between Dec. 1, 2010 and Dec. 6, 2012. Arrington said the Virginia State Police are in charge of the ongoing investigation into the embezzled funds.

“It was brought to my attention by the Virginia State Police,” he said. “I don’t know for sure, but I believe it was someone within the school who alerted them. There is still an ongoing investigation into this matter. She is the only person who has been charged so far.”

Arrington said Stacy is currently out on bond and will go for her preliminary hearing in the fall.

“A lot of kids from larger cities and impoverished families go to this school for a better education and better life,” Arrington said. “It is unfortunate that something like this has happened.”

The Mountain Mission School is a private, Christian pre-kindergarten through high school academy that houses 200 to 230 students in Buchanan County. The school often caters to neglected, abused or impoverished youth. The school was originally founded as Grundy Academy in 1921.

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