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Herndon woman indicted on fraud charges

A Fairfax County woman was indicted by a federal grand jury last week for allegedly embezzling nearly half a million dollars from a Sterling-based landscape and construction company, authorities announced Monday.

LeeAnn Dove, 48, of Herndon, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on 15 felony charges including wire, mail and bank fraud, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Dove allegedly used her position at Great Falls Landscapes to add fake employees to the company’s payroll, whose paychecks she then deposited into her personal bank account.

Dove is also accused of using company credit cards for personal purchases, including electronics, furniture, limousine services, concert tickets, and thousands of dollars in gift cards, according to court records. Prosecutors say she embezzled nearly $490,000 during a six-year scheme between 2004 and 2010.

The indictment resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Fraud Task Force, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

If convicted, Dove faces up to 20 years in prison for each wire and mail fraud count, and up to 30 years in prison for each bank fraud count, authorities said.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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