Woman sentenced to 6 months for defrauding govt. out of $30K

Woman sentenced to 6 months for defrauding govt. out of $30K
Latoya Cook

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A woman will spend six months behind bars for stealing money as a government contractor.

Capitol Police arrested 35-year-old Latoya Cook last year after she was found guilty of stealing $30,000. She was indicted on seven counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Police say Cook had been let go on June 30, 2016 from her position at Ampcus Inc., a Chantilly-based contractor for the Virginia Housing Development Authority. However, she continued to collect paychecks through March 2017.

Police say her time sheets appeared to have the signature of her immediate supervisor, but the sheets and signatures were all forgeries.

Cook collected $29,590.01 from Ampcus before she was arrested.

"While VHDA did not suffer a direct financial loss from the actions, the losses were incurred by Ampcus, a vendor participating in the state's program for small, women-owned and minority businesses," Capitol Police released in a statement.

Cook was sentenced in Henrico County Circuit Court to five years in prison on each of two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

The judge suspended all but three months on each count, and ordered Cook to remain on supervised probation for 10 years upon release.

She was also ordered to pay $29,506.06 in restitution.

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