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Fairfax property manager accused of embezzling $365,000

An Alexandria woman who worked as an agent for a Fairfax County property management company has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $365,000 from the account of an Alexandria apartment complex.

Wendy R. West, 35, was a management agent for Control Management Systems & Services Inc., which is hired by homeowners' associations to collect dues and manage property.

West worked with the Overlook Community, a neighborhood straddling Bren Mar Park just west of Alexandria City, according to Patricia D. Cooper, a vice president for Control Management.

Cooper said Control Management identified the problem and turned over its information to Fairfax police. Cooper said police determined that the embezzlement was limited to one of Overlook's reserve accounts, that no one else was involved and that the company's insurance will cover the amount of funds stolen.

West had worked for Control Management for 10 years and managed a number of community associations, Cooper said. She has since been fired.

West was arrested on April 15 on a charge of felony embezzlement. Fairfax police did not disclose the theft or the arrest, the second such financial crime to come to light recently.

Last week, in a case also not disclosed by police, an accountant for a Reston IT firm was sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzling more than $1.1 million.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 4, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  Alexandria , Fairfax , Financial Crimes , Tom Jackman  
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That's $1,000 a day for a whole year ... Imagine the possibilities!

Posted by: Mike40 | May 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Where did the money go?

Will it be recovered?

Anytime large amounts go missing like that, it's always a sign of corruption. No worry, the insurance covers it all.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 4, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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