Stepdaughter, husband charged with embezzling $250k

Published: May. 11, 2011 at 1:08 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2011 at 3:01 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A quarter of a million dollars! That's how much money the owner of a Chesterfield security company says was stolen from him. Police say James and Cheryl Wadsworth did it. Even worse, Cheryl, is the owner's stepdaughter.

The owner told NBC12 that he trusted his stepdaughter to handle the everyday finances of his company, Al's Security. Over the years he says the money she stole from him finally added up. He called police and a judge issued a warrant for the couple's arrest.

The husband and wife duo sit in two separate jails tonight. The owner says he runs Al's Security from a home  in Chesterfield County. We spoke to him by phone today but he tells us that he did not want to offer any comment while the case is still under investigation.

No one was at the home tonight when we stopped by to get more information about the allegations. According to court documents, though, the embezzlement began in January of 2009.

By phone the owner, Al Resh, said "I looked at my checking account and realized a lot of money was missing."

When asked if he truly believed his stepdaughter and her husband were responsible he said "Yes, that's why she's locked up now."

He went on to tell us Cheryl handled the accounting for his company. Both she and James now face five felony charges. James is at the Chesterfield Jail while Cheryl sits at Riverside Regional. They're due back in court this Friday.

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