BLUEFIELD, VA, (WOAY) – Michael Lee Dennis, Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney, announced today that TERESA BLANKENSHIP BARRINGER, age 56, of 611 Sycamore Street, Bluefield, VA 24605 was indicted by a Tazewell County Grand Jury on April 30, 2018 in what is believed to be the largest indictment ever handed down in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
BARRINGER was indicted on 1,411 counts related to Forgery of a Check or Draft, Uttering a Forged Check or Draft, Obtaining Money/Property by False Pretenses, Using Identifying Information to Defraud, Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Receiving Goods and Services Fraudulently Obtained and Forgery of Documents.
Evidence shows that BARRINGER, a trusted employee of J & R Manufacturing, Inc. for over 30 years began to fraudulently write herself company checks (on average $5,500.00 a check), beginning around 2010 and continuing through 2016. The total amount of money taken from the company was around $2.4 million dollars. In addition, she fraudulently took funds from her employer’s personal retirement account and made payroll payments to family members who were not employed by the company.
“Often times, white collar crimes like this, take years to discover because of the trust placed in the employees,” said Michael Dennis, Commonwealth’s Attorney. “These crimes are committed purely out of greed, selfishness, and disloyalty, after building trust with the company and its owner.”
BARRINGER is scheduled to appear before the Tazewell County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. to advise the court of her attorney arrangements. She appeared before a magistrate on May 30, 2018 and was released on a $7,500.00 unsecured bond after her arrest.
This case was investigated by the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Michael Dennis, Commonwealth’s Attorney.