Tuesday, December 13, 2016

New trial date set for travel agent accused of embezzlement

Augustine Acheampong, a former travel agent accused of embezzling money from several Smithfield High School families, will stand trial on Feb. 27, according to an Isle of Wight County Circuit Court document.

Commonwealth's Attorney Georgette Phillips called to have Acheampong’s bond revoked in August, after his July arrest on charges of marijuana distribution, manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest. However, the judge declined to revoke Acheampong’s bond, since he had not yet been convicted of the charges.

Acheampong is facing 65 charges of embezzlement, related to a planned Europe trip for Smithfield High School students that never happened, but for which he collected payments.

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