State Investigates Albemarle Co. Circuit Court Clerk's Office

April 23, 2014

Virginia State Police released that they are currently investigating the clerk's office at the Albemarle County Circuit Court.

County officials have been tight-lipped about the State Police investigation.

Commonwealth Attorney Denise Lundsford says that she cannot comment.

State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed in an email that "The Virginia State Police is conducting an investigation into an allegation involving an employee of the Albemarle Co. Circuit Court Clerk's Office."

Right now no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

The clerk's office handles scheduling, issues marriages licenses, collects fines and fees from the people.

Questions about practices in the clerk's office have come up before. In 2012, a state audit found there were issues in how the office was keeping its books, that the office made errors in collecting fines and fees owed by defendants, and that it was holding more than $400,000 in unclaimed property that should have been turned over to the state.

At the time, Clerk of Court Debbie Shipp blamed an overworked staff and a death in the family for the problems in her office.

On Wednesday CBS19 went to the courthouse and spoke with Shipp. She says this is a personnel issue and declined to speak on camera.

State Police are continuing with the investigation and still no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

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