Williamsburg man sentenced for embezzlement

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Chad Lee Ledford (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
                          Chad Lee Ledford

A Williamsburg man will serve six months in jail for embezzling more than $26,000 from the Quality Inn on York Street in Williamsburg.

Chad Lee Ledford, who pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of embezzlement, was sentenced Wednesday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Judge Michael McGinty imposed a five-year prison sentence, but suspended four years and six months of that sentence. As a result, Ledford will spend six months in jail. If at any time after his release from jail McGinty violates the terms of his probation, he could be sent to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Upon his release from jail, Ledford will have to pay $598 in court costs and begin paying $24,557 in restitution to the Quality Inn.

According to court records:

Ledford was a general manager in charge of the Quality Inn’s payroll account. He made a series of unauthorized deductions from the account between Sept. 19 and Nov. 7, 2014. Those deductions, ranging in amount from $531 to $4,500, totaled $26,256.

When the hotel’s owners noticed the deductions were being made, they confronted Ledford, who admitted to making direct deposits and issuing the checks to himself. Ledford said he used the money to buy personal items and home furnishings.

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