Former state employee sentenced Thursday for embezzlement

Published: Jan. 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2015 at 12:34 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former state employee could spend the next ten years in prison for stealing your tax money.

Sentencing for Steven Hammond is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Hammond pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement charges after prosecutors say he stole nearly $250,000 while employed with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Hammond, 29, was the education coordinator for ABC, handling the Youth Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention program, a project that works with Virginia teens to keep their schools and communities drug and alcohol free. Hammond admits to preparing false paperwork for the program which led ABC to issue checks to his friends.

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