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A Williamsburg man pleaded guilty to embezzling over $25,000 from the Quality Inn on York Street in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Chad Lee Ledford, who was a general manager at the Quality Inn and put in charge of the hotel’s payroll, made a series of unauthorized deductions between Sept. 19 and Nov. 7, 2014. Deductions ranged from $531 to $4,500 and amounted in total to $26,256.
When the owners of the hotel noticed the deductions being made they confronted Ledford, who admitted to making direct deposits and issuing the checks to himself. He stated he was using the money to purchase personal items and home furnishings.
Ledford was charged with felony embezzlement and ordered report to the court for trial last July, but he failed to appear at that time and a capias was issued for his arrest. He was arrested Jan. 13.
Judge Michael McGinty accepted Ledford’s guilty plea Thursday and a sentencing date was set for 9 a.m. May 25.