Ex-Vance employee faces 127 more charges

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

A former Vance County employee charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the county is facing more than 100 additional forgery charges.

Christa Harris Reavis, 41, of 94 Oak Forest Drive, Henderson, was arrested Aug. 19 on 49 counts of forgery and counterfeiting and 78 counts of uttering forged instrument.

She was released on $15,000 bond pending a court hearing Aug. 25.

She was arrested Aug. 8 on one count of embezzlement and one count of possessing stolen property after allegedly stealing more than $300,000 while she worked in the county finance office.

County Manager Jerry Ayscue said the county has filed a civil lawsuit against Reavis.

“In light of Vance County pending civil lawsuit against Ms. Reavis, it would not be appropriate for me comment on this any more than to say we are very appreciative of Sheriff Peter White and his office’s diligent work on this very serious matter,” he said.

The civil lawsuit alleges Reavis defrauded the county and, as a result, claims the county is entitled to punitive damages at her expense.

County commissioner Terry Garrison said the whole situation is unfortunate.

“While I regret it, I am pleased to know we have identified a potential suspect,” he said. “We certainly appreciate the diligence of staff who noticed this problem and the Vance County Sheriff’s Office for investigating and pressing charges. We are looking forward to this going to court and justice being done once the trial has been completed.”

He said this incident does not reflect poorly on county staff.

“We have excellent and honest county employees,” he said. “Like any organization of this size, you will have someone who goes against the grain and commits illegal activity.”

Reavis is also charged with felony larceny stemming from the 2009 disappearance of $7,854.65 cash and $52,752.96 in checks.

The bag disappeared from the Vance County tax office Dec. 17, 2009.

According to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, the embezzlement began in 2007.

She was falsely printing checks payable under a valid vendor and then altering payee’s names, according to Sheriff Peter White.

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