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Former manager pleads guilty to grand larceny

The former general manager of a Caroline County property owners’

association pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny in Caroline Circuit

Court Monday.

Deborah “Debbie” James, 49, who served as the general manager of Lake

Land’Or for nine years, was also charged with attempted grand larceny,

but that charge was dropped.

Judge J. Howe Brown sentenced her to one year in jail, but all of that

time was suspended on the condition that she be on good behavior for

three years. She also has to pay nearly $600 restitution to the Lake

Land’Or association.

James was accused of making an offer to a local contractor to get work

done to a home she owned in King George County, but with the bill

being charged to the association’s account. The grand larceny charge

was for submitting more than $200 in false reimbursement claims.

She resigned her position at Lake Land’Or on Oct. 13, 2010 and about a

month later was named to the board of directors of the Property Owners

Association of Virginia.

She turned herself in to authorities in October after being indicted

by a multi-jurisdiction grand jury, which includes Caroline, Hanover,

Henrico, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Goochland counties.

Kevin Lee Langford, 43, owner of K.L. Langford Excavating in Milford,

is charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for

submitting bills to the association for work that was never done

there.

According to information obtained by The Free Lance-Star, Langford

submitted a $342 bill in 2005 for installing a picket fence and a

$3,058.83 bill in 2006 for delivering nearly 122 tons of sand to Lake

Land’Or.

According to an association official, none of that work was done,

although the invoices were approved by James.

Langford is scheduled to appear in circuit court on Wednesday.

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