The editor-in-chief/owner of the Middleburg Eccentric was arrested Nov. 30 and charged with 15 counts of felony embezzlement.
According to arrest warrants, police are accusing Deanne D. “Dee Dee” Hubbard, 67, of Middleburg, with using her role as property manager for Jack Goehring III to deposit $9,192.50 worth of rent checks meant for Goehring into her own account.
The 15 checks in question span from Dec. 17, 2007 to Dec. 24, 2009 and range in amounts from $412.50 to $1,500.
Virginia State Police Officer Robert J. Mrak wrote in each of the warrants that each check Hubbard put into her own account deprived “Goehring of his rental income by reason of her employment.”
Mrak also wrote in several of the warrants that Hubbard converted the funds for her own use.
Hubbard will be arraigned in Loudoun County General District Court at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 3.
Middleburg Police Chief Steve Webber announced Hubbard’s arrest at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 30, saying that her arrest was a result of a joint investigation between Middleburg Police and the Virginia State Police.
Earlier in the day, officers went to the Middleburg Eccentric office in town and took Hubbard into custody.
Webber said that police have been investigating the case for a few months after receiving a complaint. He would not say who or what Hubbard is accused of embezzling from.
In addition to her roles as founder, editor-in-chief and owner of the Middleburg Eccentric, Hubbard owns Middleburg Online and is a past president of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.
She is also the co-chairwoman of the Middleburg Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, Dec. 4. When asked if the parade will go on as planned, Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis, who owns The Fun Shop, said, “Absolutely.”
She added that Jim Herbert is the other co-chairman of the parade.
“I’m sure he has it well in hand,” Davis said.
While she did not know details of Hubbard’s arrest, Davis said it was “shocking” and she was “very sorry to hear about it.”
A man who answered the phone at the Middleburg Eccentric’s office said the paper is not commenting on the arrest.
Dan Morrow, who is the publisher and co-owner of the newspaper, also declined to comment on the case.
Hubbard published the first edition of the Middleburg Eccentric in April 2004.
According to a Times-Mirror story in February 2004, Hubbard was a vocal supporter of the planned Salamander Inn & Spa owned by Sheila Johnson at the time of the paper’s launch, and she had accused Middleburg Life, the only newspaper specifically dedicated to the town in early 2004, of not handling the Salamander Inn story fairly.
“There’s really no news source for Middleburg,” Hubbard told the Times-Mirror when she founded the Middleburg Eccentric. “We just wanted to do something ... rather than having news spread by rumor, it would be nice if there was a place to get real news. We also wanted to see some even-handed journalism.”
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