The Fairfax Field Office of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for embezzlement.
According to Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the investigation began at the behest of Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. Thus far, no one has been arrested or charged.
Chapman confirmed not only the investigation, but that a search warrant was executed in connection to the case.
The investigation came after some restructuring that took place Oct. 11, Chapman said, moving officers between the criminal investigations and patrol divisions. He would not give any more specifics on the officer's position.
“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.
The person under investigation is currently under administrative leave, although the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is declining to name him publicly.
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.
Currently, only one person is implicated in the scandal, but it is still early in the investigation, Chapman said. Additionally, though he wouldn't disclose the amount of money believed to be embezzled until the formal process is complete, he stated it was "a significant amount."
This is an ongoing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.