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Member of Loudoun Sheriff’s Office under investigation for embezzlement

Virginia State Police have confirmed that they are investigating an allegation of embezzlement by a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office, at the request of Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, has initiated an investigation into an allegation of embezzlement involving a member of his agency,” said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar in a prepared statement Monday. “The investigation, which began in mid-October, remains ongoing. No arrests or charges have been made at this time.”

Law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said that search warrants were executed in recent weeks at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and at the home of one of the officers who worked in asset forfeiture.

That officer was placed on administrative leave, officials said.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the investigation in a prepared statement Monday, and said the allegations of embezzlement surfaced after “a restructuring” of sheriff’s office personnel.

“The embezzlement allegations were uncovered immediately after Sheriff Chapman restructured units within the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions,” the statement said. “As soon as Sheriff Chapman was notified of the potential criminal activity, he contacted the Virginia State Police and requested that an independent investigation be conducted.”

The sheriff’s office declined to name any employees currently under investigation, as no criminal charges have yet been filed, the statement said.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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