Hearing set for town clerk accused of embezzlement

Published 11:24 am Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jennifer M. Bumgardner, the former town clerk of Ivor, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Southampton County General District Court on Jan. 8, 2019. There, the court will decide if there is enough evidence to convene a grand jury.

Bumgardner was arrested in August on three felony warrants, each for embezzling $200 or more, according to Lt. Camden Cobb, a spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office. Bumgardner, 43, of Seacock Chapel Road, Zuni, was booked on Aug. 16 and released on bond that same day.

The Sheriff’s Office alleges that Bumgardner embezzled over $22,000. The dates that said violations allegedly took place are June 28, May 16 and April 24 of this year.

In the criminal complaint, Cobb wrote that the suspect, as town clerk, had endorsed and cashed or deposited a check on June 28 written to her for payroll for $1,108.20, but gave a transaction report to town council showing she was paid only $900.41. On May 16, Bumgardner allegedly endorsed or cashed or deposited a check for $1,800, but showed council that it had been written to Southern Software. On April 24, she allegedly endorsed or cashed or deposited a check for $1,108.20, but presented the report to council showing it was for $554.10.

According to Southampton General District Court records, Bumgardner has retained the services of Bassel Khalaf of the Virginia Beach-based criminal defense lawfirm Westendorf & Khalaf.