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Ex-CFO to serve 3 years for theft

BY KEITH EPPS

The former chief financial officer of a local development company was ordered Thursday to serve three years in prison for stealing at least $155,000 over a nine-month period.

Sandy Lee Winkler, 48, of Spotsylvania had previously been convicted in Stafford County Circuit Court of six counts of embezzlement and  passing a forged document. She was sentenced to a total of 60 years, with all but three years suspended.

Winkler worked for Garrett Development Co. in  Stafford.

According to evidence presented by prosecutor Jim Peterson, Winkler’s transgressions came to light in December of last year when company President Andy Garrett got a call from Cardinal Bank asking about a check for $10,000 written to Winkler.

Garrett confronted Winkler after learning that his name had been forged on the check. He called the Stafford Sheriff’s Office after not being satisfied with Winkler’s explanation.

Detective Dave Wood’s ensuing investigation showed that Winkler had written 21 bogus checks between March and December.

In addition, two people who worked under Winkler also were implicated.

Mia Maria Alexander, 32, of Stafford has pleaded guilty to three charges and James Richard Dodson, 28, of Ruther Glen pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10. Peterson said Alexander stole about $100,000 and Dodson $38,000.

Peterson said police believe Winkler took more than $300,000, but only $155,000 has been proven. Garrett has filed a civil suit against Winkler seeking more in damages.

Winkler’s attorney, Mark Gardner, is hoping to get his client into alternative programs that could reduce the amount of time she spends behind bars.

A hearing on that request is also set for Jan. 10.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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