Published 4:39 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday’s edition had an article about Jennifer M. Bumgardner being sentenced for embezzling as much as (potentially) $84,000-plus from the Town of Ivor. Specifically, the paper reported the Virginia Courts Case Information website showed nine charges of her embezzling $500 or more, and one for embezzling $200 or more. But those charges should have been listed as one for $500 or more and nine for $200 or more.

According to Southampton County Circuit Clerk of Court Rick Francis, this was because the State’s computer program used to enter charges online employed the Code’s felony threshold previously $200, now $500, which became effective July 1, 2018. Each of the 10 charges listed online has since been amended on the website to read as “felony embezzlement.” The amount ordered as restitution far exceeded the threshold felony amount.

Further, the statement derived from conversations with Ivor Mayor Tara Kea about two years being served in prison concurrently is incorrect. Bumgardner is anticipated to serve only one year of active time.