Saturday, January 25, 2014

Accused school embezzler gets psychological evaluation

A psychological evaluation has been ordered for a Tazewell County woman accused of embezzling from the school system.
Willie Kathy Hicks was scheduled for trial Jan. 14 on 15 counts of embezzlement and one count of money laundering.  Monica Gonzalez, attorney for Hicks asked Judge Jack S. “Chip’ Hurley, Jr. to have Hicks evaluated for competency to stand trial
Hurley granted the request and scheduled the next hearing in the case for April 21. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Melanie Menefee said Hicks would likely be sent to Marion for the evaluation.
Hicks was indicted by the grand jury in October of last year and is accused of taking $300,000 from the school system during her years of employment in the central office and later as secretary and bookkeeper at Tazewell Middle school.
The Virginia State Police investigated the case after receiving a report of missing funds from Tazewell Middle School.  Hicks was released on bond by a magistrate following her arrest and retained the services of Gonzalez prior to her arraignment in circuit court last October.

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