Former school employee’s embezzlement case frozen

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 06:36 PM

An embezzlement case involving a Vance County Schools employee is frozen from further hearings pending complete discovery.

Delia Celestine Jones appeared before Judge Henry Hight in Vance County Superior Court on Wednesday. She faces four felony embezzlement charges from her time as a payroll department bookkeeper at Northern Vance High School.

Jones, a 42-year-old with a 725 Thomas Road address, is being represented by attorney Michael Rogers. She was terminated by the public school system Oct. 24, 2012.

Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps told Hight officials with Vance County Schools continue to work on case details with prosecutors to complete the investigation so discovery materials can be presented.

According to court files, Jones is charged with taking money in “misapply” incidents that began in July 2009. The amounts add up to $38,382.49.

Jones is currently free on $50,000 bail. She turned herself in on Nov. 8.

When discovery is complete, the case is subject to a plea offer or a date for a trial by jury could be set.

 

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