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Employee Guilty of Embezzlement from VCU Program

July 29, 2010

A former Virginia Commonwealth University employee has been convicted of embezzling from a program she coordinated at the school.

Lisa Durham of Petersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in Richmond Circuit Court to six counts of embezzlement. Prosecutors say she stole $144,000 over three years from the VCU Community Outreach Recruitment Retention Engagement Initiative. The federally funded program provides rent, utility and prescription-drug assistance to clients with chronic health problems.

The 39-year-old Durham worked for VCU from November 2003 until she was fired in December.

In exchange for her guilty pleas, the prosecution withdrew two charges of attempted embezzlement and identity fraud.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

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