Arraignment set for former IW edu. association leader

Published 10:21 am Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ISLE OF WIGHT—Another court date is set for a Smithfield woman charged with embezzling more than $43,200 from the Isle of Wight County Education Association, an organization that she once led.

After having already been indicted by a grand jury on July 14, Stephanie Bailey is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, July 30, in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court on a charge of embezzlement, according to the docket posted at the Virginia Courts website

As previously reported, Bailey had been president of the Isle of Wight Education Association from 2006 until August 2013.

Prompted by a call from the Virginia Education Association, the Smithfield Police conducted an investigation. This in turn led to Bailey’s arrest on Feb. 3. She reportedly brought herself in that day and was released on her recognizance. That means Bailey signed a document stating she’d be in court on an appointed day.

At the time, Lt. Patrick Valdez of the Smithfield Police Department said, “Her claim was she gave the money to the homeless and students in need.”

He said that the money came from dues that Bailey had been collecting.

“But she won’t give any names. I think that’s going to be the crux. She was unable to answer satisfactorily. Had she receipts… but she’s unable to account for any of it.”

As before, the Isle of Wight County School system declined comment.

“In regards to Stephanie Bailey, Isle of Wight County Schools is unable to make any statement as it is an ongoing legal matter,” said Kenita Bowers, spokeswoman.

Bowers had previously confirmed that Bailey was a school nurse at Windsor High School at the time of the arrest, but is no longer an employee of the system.