Former Bruton High bookkeeper faces 24 embezzlement, forgery charges

Jimmy LaRoue

A former Bruton High School bookkeeper faces two dozen charges of embezzlement and forgery.

A York County grand jury has certified new and additional charges against Charlene Flood-Liggon, 55, of Newport News, according to York County Circuit Court documents. She is charged with nine counts of embezzlement and 15 counts of forgery.

Six embezzlement charges against her were nolle prossed last February in York County General District Court, meaning charges could be refiled if new evidence came to light.

When Flood-Liggon was originally charged on Aug. 3, 2016, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s deputies said she had stolen several thousand dollars from Bruton between Dec. 14, 2011 and April 5, 2016, police said at the time.

Court documents indicate Flood-Liggon is now working at Hampton University and making $25,500 per year. On the Hampton University website, she is listed as a secretary in the School of Liberal Arts. Flood-Liggon is free on a $3,600 bond, according to court documents.

The new charges list offense dates from 2012 to 2016, court documents state.

Flood-Liggon is scheduled to return to York County Circuit Court on Jan. 9 when a judge is expected to appoint counsel for her.

The nine embezzlement charges carry potential sentences from one to five years in prison if Flood-Liggon is convicted. The 15 forgery charges each carry a possible one to 10-year sentence if she is convicted.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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