Former Virginia eye center administrator indicted in embezzlement case: 5 things to know

A federal grand jury indicted Williamsburg, Va.-based Cullom Eye and Laser Center's former administrator for alleged embezzlement, according to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily.


Here are five things to know:

1. Cullom Eye and Laser Center employed Sherea Darnell as administrator from March 2012 to September 2016, during which time she is accused of embezzling around $500,000 from the center. She is charged with wire fraud, bank fraud and filing false tax returns in addition to unauthorized access to a device, according to the report.

2. During her time as administrator, Ms. Darnell had access to two business credit cards to purchase supplies and office equipment. However, she allegedly used the cards for personal purchases including private school tuition for her son and maid services.

3. Court documents reveal more than $90,000 in cash advancements were made on the eye center's credit cards while Ms. Darnell had access to them.

4. Ms. Darnell resigned from her post in September 2016 and moved out of state. Center owners examined bank accounts more closely after her resignation and noticed large payments were made to the office cards.

5. In this case, Ms. Darnell faces penalties of 30 years on each bank fraud case, 20 years on each wire fraud case and three years for filing false tax returns, according to the report.

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