Former Colonial Heights building inspector indicted

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Colonial Heights police have arrested a county building inspector, accused of embezzling funds.

Building inspector Kevin Joyce, 58, of Colonial Heights, is officially off the job, authorities said. Joyce was indicted by a grand jury on one count of embezzlement. Arrested Friday, Joyce was given the choice of resigning or being fired. He resigned.

City leaders say when Joyce went on vacation, they discovered he was taking the money.

So when he got back, they asked Joyce to resign or be fired.  City Manager Thomas Mattis says the investigation is still underway, so he can't be exact about how much money was taken. Mattis did say it was more than $1,000, but "not an astronomical amount."

Right now, Joyce only faces one count of embezzlement. But, court records show Colonial Heights prosecutors subpoenaed Joyce's bank account statements from January 2010 until mid-August of this year.

The City Manager says the city's auditor is investigating, and changes have already been put in place to change how cash is managed. "I am very disappointed in the situation. The most important thing we do here starts with public trust. We have systems in place to make sure corrective action is in place," Mattis said.

The Commonwealth's Attorney has called in a special prosecutor to handle the case. Joyce is due in court on Tuesday for a hearing about his attorney.

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