Some charges dropped in Poe Middle School embezzlement case

Charges were dropped Monday against a former Fairfax County principal’s son, who was accused of being part of an embezzlement scheme that allegedly defrauded a middle school of more than $100,000.

Brenton Rusnak, 21, of Radford, Va., had been charged with receiving stolen property and conducting an unlawful financial transaction in connection with the case at Annandale’s Poe Middle School. A Fairfax County prosecutor did not indicate during a hearing in General District Court why authorities were not going forward with the case.

Sonya Swansbrough, 47, Rusnak’s mother and the former principal, is still facing an embezzlement charge for allegedly falsifying timesheets for personal gain while she headed the school, but a charge against her of conducting an unlawful financial transaction was also dropped Monday.

Bethany Speed, a former financial specialist at Poe, had her charge amended from embezzlement to grand larceny in the case.

The next hearings for Swansbrough and Speed are on Aug. 25 and Aug. 21, respectively.

A new principal was appointed at Poe in June.

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