The embezzlement case against a Loudoun County Sheriff's deputy has been turned over to the FBI, a Virginia State Police spokesperson said June 6.
Still little is known about the investigation that began in October, but was made public in mid-November.
Eight months after the investigation began, it's not known how much money was embezzled or which department within the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is missing money.
At the time the investigation was made public, Sheriff Mike Chapman told the Times-Mirror the funds in question was a “significant amount.”
It's not known if the deputy, whose name is not being released by the Times-Mirror because he has not been charged, is still on paid administration leave.
A spokesperson with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office referred questions about the deputy to Virginia State Police. State police, in turn, referred additional questions to the FBI. Calls to the FBI were not returned.
The investigation, which began at the behest of Chapman, came after restructuring within the criminal investigations and patrol divisions.
“When that occurred and people had to move and they were in a process of handing over their responsibilities, this issue surfaced,” Chapman said.
By Oct. 15, Chapman said it was clear “something unusual of criminal nature” had occurred. He then contacted the Virginia State Police to conduct an investigation.
Chapman confirmed in November that a search warrant had been executed in the case. However, a week after the investigation was made public that warrant was sealed.
In addition to the state police's criminal investigation, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation to see whether any administrative or general orders were violated.
– Staff Writer Alanna Dvorak contributed to this report.