Louisa County VA Jan 15 2017 A former Louisa County rescue squad president was convicted Thursday of embezzlement and money laundering for stealing from the volunteer rescue squad.
Winston P. Evatt, 48, of Mineral, was convicted of seven counts of embezzlement, one count of money laundering and one count of governmental fraud in Louisa County Circuit Court. He faces up to 185 years in prison and $13,000 in restitution.
The investigation began after a suspicious volunteer noticed financial discrepancies and notified the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. A detective discovered a bank account in the name of the rescue squad, but the squad’s treasurer had never heard of the account, according to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.
A search of the account revealed numerous purchases for personal items, including bed sheets, dog food and gasoline. When the treasurer realized his name was fraudulently used to open the first account, authorities reviewed the other rescue squad accounts and found numerous checks written by Evatt for personal items and without the authorization of the rescue squad.
Evatt is scheduled to appear in court for a sentencing hearing on March 9.