A Tazewell County woman is at the center of what the county’s commonwealth’s attorney is calling the largest indictment handed down in Virginia history.
On April 30, Teresa Blankenship Barringer, 56, was indicted by a Tazewell County grand jury on 1,411 counts related to charges including forgery of a check, obtaining money/property by false pretenses, using identifying information to defraud, credit card theft, and forgery of documents.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Dennis alleges that Barringer defrauded J&R Manufacturing Inc., a company where she worked for more than 30 years.
In a release from the Tazewell County commonwealth’s attorney’s office, the prosecution alleges that Barringer fraudulently wrote herself company checks between 2010 and 2016, taking about $2.4 million from the company.
The prosecution also alleges Barringer fraudulently withdrew funds from her employer’s personal retirement account, and that she also issued payroll payments to family members not employed at J&R Manufacturing.
Barringer’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 12 in Tazewell County Circuit Court.
According to the release, she appeared before a magistrate on May 30 and has been released on a $7,500 unsecured bond.