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Former Mineral Rescue chief convicted of stealing from squad

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Winston Evatt

Winston Evatt

Winston P. Evatt, 48, of Mineral, was convicted in Louisa County Circuit Court today for stealing from Mineral Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Evatt was found guilty of seven counts of embezzlement, one count of money laundering and one count of governmental fraud in Louisa Circuit Court.
The investigation began when a suspicious volunteer wanted answers about financial discrepancies. Louisa Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Foster executed numerous search warrants that led to a bank account in the name of the rescue squad.
 
The treasurer of the rescue squad was not aware of the account, according to Rusty McGuire, Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney. A search of the account revealed numerous purchases for personal items to include bed sheets, dog food, gas and other items.
When the treasurer realized his name was fraudulently used to open the first account, a review of other rescue squad accounts found numerous checks written by Evatt for personal items without authorization by the rescue squad.
“This case is an egregious example of someone in a position of public trust blatantly abusing that position for personal gain,” McGuire said. “It is truly sad that he stole not only from the taxpaying citizens of Louisa County, but also from his fellow volunteer rescue squad members.”
 
Sentencing is scheduled for on March 9. Evatt faces up to 185 years in prison and owes more than $13,000 in restitution.